Carleton finds Lahaina’s landscape perfect for his plein air oil paintings of local subjects. Always pushing his talents to better express his fascination with light and shadows, Carleton’s paintings are uplifting and optimistic.
"It’s been an exciting challenge to capture West Maui’s uncommon landscape. As the sun rises over the mountain, the early morning light shows the beauty of everything it touches. I’m drawn to the subjects in Lahaina that are undeveloped, showing Maui’s natural drama, and subjects showing our unique island life-style, especially the harbors."
Carleton’s enthusiasm is reflected in his energetic oils of “Life in Lahaina”. His confident handling of oils is evident as he captures Maui on canvas. From sunrise to sunset, his oils bring us the richness of the day.
On February 1, 2009, Carleton became a father! His son is named after him, but is known around Lahaina as Lil' C.
November 2009 Carleton wins the "Way to Go" Award in Lahaina, Hawaii!
On September 8, 2010, Carleton became a Daddy again; this time to a little girl named Liberty Puakea.
2012 has been filled with honors for Carleton. His "Lei Day" painting was chosen for the 2012 LahainaTown Poster.
An annual participant in the prestigious Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational, Carleton won the Best of Show award at this year's event.
2012 also marked the 20th Anniversary of Carleton's participation in Celebration of the Arts, Maui's premier art and cultural event, co-sponsored by Village Galleries. He has created one of the poster images for this event as well.
Carleton is the first artist to receive the "Creativity Grant", which gave him sponsorship for one year providing studio space and supplies enabling him to focus on larger works. On May 18, 2012 there will be a reception at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua in the Anuenue Room from 4pm - 6pm.
On May 6, 2013, Carleton welcomed his 2nd son to the world! He was named at 6 weeks of age: Grayson Alexander Kelly Kinkade