As an artist who was raised in the northeast United States and educated at the School of Visual Arts, NY; Art Students League, NY and Warton School, Philadelphia, PA., Don Carter’s art reflects a life-long fascination with traditional Down East boats, fishing and the sea. The result is a compelling body of work that brings to light the character and spirit of some classic boats of legendary proportion.
Don’s Down East boats are individually unique, historically accurate large-scale replicas of traditional 19th century work/sail boats. They range in size from 46″ to 70″ in length. Board by board, each boat is hand crafted from the keel up using researched historical photos, measured drawings and the traditional materials and methods of 19th century boat builders. An important consideration for his is the election of the same wood that was indigenous to the region at the time and originally milled for each boat. Little if any paint is used. Ultimately, the beauty of the wood selected enhances the quality and is essential to the integrity of the finished boats. His many awards since 2006 are a testament to his expertise.
Just as the representational art of the day, each boat reflects the character of the region. The wonderful subtle differences that evolved over the years, made each Down East boat an individual, functional classic. Architecturally unique, aesthetically sound and historically relevant, Don’s Down East boat replicas are a testament in form and function to their now vanishing predecessors that served mankind and survived the sea for over 150 years.