Carsman, John

About The Artist

Jon Carsman (1944-1987) was born in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania in 1944, and he grew up surrounded by the Appalachian Mountain Range with its lush woods and forests. Carsman found the source of his inspiration in the play of color and light reflected across the framed houses streets and countryside of small-town America.

Color is an important factor in Carsman’s work. His pallet is vibrant and intense. Often his work is reminiscent of Roualt’s brilliant stained glass church windows. Carsman isolates strong areas of color in juxtaposition with a dark outline, the colors become crystalized motifs with a sparkling jewel-like quality. Color is the greatest emotional factor in painting and Carsman uses this device very successfully. Carsman paints broad areas of vivid high-key tones with a surprising effect that creates a dynamic interplay of light and shadow.

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