Carl Hinsman lives in Barre, Vermont. He graduated from the University of Vermont with a BA in chemistry and earned an MS in Oceanography from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. where he acquired many hours at sea in all hours of the day and night, and in all atmospheric conditions. This provided him the raw information about sea conditions which he would use later in painting boats and the ocean in weather ranging from calm and sunny to gale force.
At a young age, Carl began drawing as a pastime. He is a self-educated artist who studied briefly under Don Stone and Carlton Plummer in Maine. He spent many weeks on the Maine coast while growing up, and was influenced by its powerful scenery. He also spent many hours in boats while at the family camp at Lake Bomoseen, VT. Many of the subjects he paints are found in the same locations he visited as a youth.
Carl recently retired from teaching Science at the high school level. However, he has produced illustrations professionally since 1993, some of which have been published by a number of magazines including; the cover, calendar, and datebook of Yankee Magazine. He has also painted illustrations for many companies for use in their catalogues. Many of his acrylic illustrations were done for the granite monument industry or for precision tool manufacturers. Using exclusively gray scale and no color at all, these drawings and values had to be very precise.
Carl paints contemporary marine subjects all along the Atlantic coast as well as landscape subjects in Vermont. He paints with oils, watercolor, and acrylics. Carl always paints a preliminary version on paper or illustration board. After taking this step, he finds that he is able to paint much more decisively, keeping the colors cleaner and brighter with significantly less need for over painting.