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Richie Carter was born and raised just outside of Kalispell, Montana.  Being brought up in a rural community of Northwest Montana, he developed an early sense of adventure and creativity, as one does when the woods are your only playground.  As a child, if he didn't have a pencil or crayon in his hand, he was building or making the latest idea he could conjure up, from tree houses to paper mâché sculptures.  As Richie moved through school, it soon became apparent that he had a knack for drawing and painting.  His high school art classes served as an inspiring foundation to his fascination with realism and working from direct observation.  Just like many artists of the field, he quickly became infatuated with the works of the Old Masters. And while obtaining his BFA in Painting from The University of Montana, he spent a year abroad in Northern France studying the language, culture, and the rich tradition of painting.  Upon graduating in 2012, Richie has established his base once again in Kalispell where he works from his studio.               
​   "When I am not in my studio working on large scale still life and landscape paintings, you can find me out on location gathering reference materials, from the backcountry of Montana, to the deserts of the South West, or on the cobbled streets of various European cities.  I love to travel and meet people of different cultures, taking inspiration from a myriad of sources.  Painting is a universal visual language that breaks down barriers, and I hope through my own work, it can serve to cultivate authentic human connection.  My goal is to make impactful, striking, yet simplistic images that evoke emotion and allow a dialogue to take place between the rich tradition of realism and the contemporary reality of our time."

Richie Montana Artist Portrait



Group Exhibition, "Summer Show"

Settlers West Galleries, Tucson, AZ


Group exhibition, "Realism without Boarders",

Vanessa Rothe Fine Art, Laguna Beach, CA

Solo Exhibition, "My West"

Montana Gallery, Billings, MT

Plein Air Magazine

Back Cover, November issue 2018

International Artist

Back Cover, Oct/Nov issue 2018

Western Art Collector

The Montana 6, August issue 2018


Duo-exhibition, "Sojourners" with Daniel Keys

Montana Gallery, Billings, MT

Fine Art Connoisseur, Three to Watch

April issue 2018

Southwest Art, 21 under 31,

September issue 2017

Duo-exhibition, "Ten Days"

Hockaday Museum of Art, Kalispell, MT


Western Masters Heart of the West

Coeur d'Alene Resort, Coeur d'Alene, ID

The Out West Art Show and Sale

The Heritage Inn, Great Falls, MT

Western Masters Heart of the West

Coeur d'Alene Resort, Coeur d'Alene, ID

Group exhibition, Montana Land and Sky

Collage Gallery of Fine Art, Bigfork, MT

The Out West Art Show and Sale

The Heritage Inn, Great Falls, MT

Solo Exhibition, Compositions of Land and Sky

Persimmon Gallery, Bigfork, MT  

Group exhibition, Members Salon

Hocakday Museum of the Arts, Kalispell, Montana   

Juried exhibition, Icons of the West

Dana Gallery, Missoula, Montana 

Juried exhibition. Catch the Vision: From Dreams to Discovery

Hockaday Museum of Art, Kalispell, Montana

Thesis exhibition. Bachelors of Fine Arts Senior Thesis Exhibition

The University of Montana, Missoula, Montana


John L. and Anne Taylor Scholarship

D.A. Davidson. Missoula, Montana

Odyssey of the Stars Scholarship

The University of Montana

John L. and Anne Taylor Scholarship. D.A. Davidson

Missoula, Montana

Hawkins Scholarship

Kalispell, Montana


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