About Carlton Wilder
Carlton Bedlan Wilder (1924-2013) was always an artist. As a child, his mother traded piano lessons for his art lessons. In high school, he studied Saturday mornings at the Art Institute of Chicago and won first prize in a newspaper art contest. As a freshman in college, he won first prize in sculpture and auto design. After Naval service in WWII, Carlton studied commercial art, and as a freelance artist, he won prizes in copywriting, design, layout and illustration. But his passion led him to become a fine artist full time. His remarkable oils, acrylics, pastels, and charcoals reflect his love for the water, woods and architecture of Florida. His marine paintings, landscapes and portraits have won many First Prizes, Most-Populars, and Best-of-Shows, and have been featured in Yachting and Boating magazines. Carton’s family is pleased to share the following photos of beautiful prints from ten of his paintings.