Gary Carter was born in Hutchinson, Kansas and is known for his
portrayal of the native cultures, landscapes, and the mountain man
culture of the American West. As a child, he would draw cartoons
with his father, who was an aspiring artist. His love of the
West came about as a result of spending the Summer months with his
family in Lake Tahoe riding horses and going on pack trips.
Although he was not encouraged to pursue art as a career, he
graduated from the prestigious Art Center College of Design in Los
Angeles. He worked as an illustrator for a short period of
time before he sold out his first one man show in Tucson, Arizona.
He was elected to full membership in the Cowboy Artists of
America in 1982 and elected President in 1986.
His subject matter for his paintings is diverse; painting images
of early Western settlers, mountain men and Native American tribes
of the West. In addition, Carter has become so beloved by the
Crow Indian tribe that he was adopted by the tribe in 1991 and
given the name "Eagle Man."