|Carl M. Houghton
A well-established regional painter in Upstate New York, known for his fresh brush strokes and painterly canvases. Draws 100% free hand. Accepts commissions. Executes paintings in various genres. Has collaborated with pulitzer prize journalist, John H. White, in bringing his black and white photography to the canvas. He has been critiqued favorably by American Impressionist Hall Groat.
B.F.A. Syracuse University
M.S. Art Education, SUNY New Paltz
Full time painter . Thirty years spent as a High School Art Teacher, while leading child enrichment and adult education coursework.
National Show, Cooperstown, NY; Gutman Gallery, Charlotte, NC; Stanley Center for the Arts, Utica, NY; Fayetteville Gallery, Sytacuse, NY; Roberson Center for the Arts and Sciences, Binghamton, NY; Emily Lowe Art Center; Bicentennial Commission Gallery; Chenango County Council of the Arts Gallery, Norwich NY. Numerous exhibits in hospitals, libraries, financial institutions, churches, and schools/universities. Numerous "Best in Show" and Juror awards. His paintings are in homes across the United States.
As a color blind painter, I am often asked, "how do you do it"? The truth is a bit of the proverbial double-edged sword. The creative process is a mixture of struggle and opportunity for any artist. My specific disability has been a source of frustration, but also an opportunity for me to stretch myself beyond the comfort zone of my own physiology. My voice as an artist has come from surrendering myself to a process that focuses on balance and unity, capturing my inspiration in as few brushstrokes as possible. I paint most every day, treating my talent as a gift that needs to be used. I am passionate about strong design and painterly strokes; remaining old-school in my respect for 100% self-drawn art and the diligence of the master painters. The creative process by nature is not merely a technical exercise, and I strive to accept unplanned direction changes as the painting evolves. Part of surrendering involves accepting critique at different phases,and it also helps me connect with how my art affects others. Painting immediately transforms me once I am in my studio and away from the trappings of a time-scheduled life. That is the power, and beauty, of art.
Thank you for viewing my work.