“I’m kind of all over the place,” 49-year-old Sidney Carter said about the topics of his paintings. “I like to tell people that art chose me. It is what I am supposed to be doing.”
His gallery, “Sidney’s Creations,” is located off New Macland Road in Powder Springs, and it’s where he’s been painting, using an acrylic medium, for the last 20 years.
“After graduating from college, I was doing what people called black art at the time and it was really booming in Atlanta and this is where I was making most of my money, so I moved here in the early 1990s,” Carter said.
He is originally from Panama City, Fla., but played football in college at the University of Tennessee at Martin, where he earned his four-year degree in computer graphics.
The youngest of 10 children, Carter said he acquired his love of art from two of his older brothers.
“My oldest brother, Randall, guided me toward art,” he said. “He would bring me up to Washington D.C. and enter me in different contests.”
His brother hasn’t been fortunate enough to make a living out of painting, though.
“I’m able to take care of my family with this,” Carter said. “It’s been a blessing.”
Carter’s paintings capture a variety of topics, including instruments, flowers and portraits.
“I like to paint family-oriented pieces; a lot of it is my past, a lot of the things I went through and experienced,” he said.
One of his favorite artists is Norman Rockwell.
“That’s who I sort of have patterned myself after,” he said. “All of his pieces told a story.”
Carter’s early pieces are mostly of his home, his two sons and even a painting of the founding fathers of his fraternity in college.
His art has not gone unnoticed by the public either.
Carter sells many pieces on the road each year at jazz festivals all over the country, and a few professional athletes and celebrities have bought his work, including NBA player Alonzo Morning, NY Giants General Manager Jerry Reese, Tra Thomas with the NFL and director and writer Spike Lee.
He also mentors young artists and recently announced that he will be teaching art lessons at his gallery.
“My goal is to open my doors to other young artists and be able to show them that they can be successful and how to be successful at it,” he said. “They may have the talent, but not the business part of being an artist.”
To sign up for art lessons or see more of Carter’s work, check out his website at www.sidneycarter.net.