The Art of Patrick J. Carterwww.ArtPal.com/patrick1
My name is Patrick Carter and I am an artist...an artist who is learning. The value of my art within me has taken two dramatic courses simultaneously – one as a tool and the other as a mystery. I don’t believe for a second that I am alone in stating that creating a visualization of anything lies somewhere in the heart of the creator. So by saying that, I am saying exactly what it implies – I am putting my heart out there. You see, I find it difficult today to create the art that I used to. Starting in 2012, I for the first time in my life put away one of the most comforting things I had, and that was a pen. Ridding myself of the pen was very difficult but very necessary. I did not realize at the time how necessary it was and now I do not know how necessary it really is going to be. I began serious oil painting amidst the Presidential Elections of 2012. My paintings resembled in many ways the pen & ink illustrations that I had done all my life, but a newness and realistic quality from the paintings was seen by my eyes as how I have always wanted my art to look. I thought, “Why had I waited so long to start painting?” Well, that was an easy question to answer back then, but now that question is easily answered. You see, I am no longer an alcoholic but I am a prideful, ego-centered, wrathful tongued, self-loving, self-hating, ANGER fueled individual when I walk by myself, but fortunately for myself and everyone else, we are never alone. You see, there is something about looking into the eyes of my 7-year old stepdaughter who completely loves and adores me while I scream the most hateful words that no child should ever hear. There is something about my heart that I wasn’t fully putting out there. I was hiding something. But what? Well, I am still searching, but in the midst of that searching is where the two directions of my art have collided. Healing for me has taken on a new level of living. I know that for everyday I am allowed to suck-in and blowout air, I will be healing. But I have also seen where today, many others are walking around sucking-in and blowing-out air and ARE NOT healing, and that bothers me. That’s right, the most arrogant and wicked individual I will personally ever know has been introduced to a love that hurts for those hurting. So when I say my art is taking on a tool-like quality of hopeful encouragement wrapped in a loving mystery, I am honest in saying that it is me being molded into the tool which is creating a tool in the form of art because of the loving mystery of Jesus Christ working through me. Today the work that I am doing is for His purpose and His purpose only. I can look back and see in each one of my paintings where his input was at and how I would have never seen His input had I not sought out for His love. You see, midway in 2014, I began a journey that began on my knees. I had cried out to Him half-heartedly so many times in pain until finally that first heartfelt prayer was uttered and He knew I was serious and therefor He appeared in my heart. That prayer followed directly after the words I screamed at my stepdaughter. It truly is amazing how Jesus works in each of us constantly, but we will never know it unless we reach out and begin to know Him. My work from here on out is to show an appreciation of His Love and hopefully someone who is half-way praying to Him will see my work and be touched to offer a heart-felt prayer to Him.
Art of Patrick j Carter paintings