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Collection: Edgar Allan Slothman (Don Carter)

Don Carter (aka Edgar Allan Slothman) illustration    Granby, MA



In 1830, with watercolors, pastels, pen & ink, and gouache, John James Audubon set out to paint every bird in America. Eighteen years later, his monumental effort resulted in the massive tome, Birds of America consisting of 435 life-size, hand-colored prints.

In 2012, illustrator, Edgar Allan Slothman (Don Carter) set out with an Apple computer to reinterpret Audubon’s Birds of America in his own simplified, graphic style.

“For each print, I look for ways to break it down in a unique way. Often it is with geometric simplification or repeat patterns. For some, I create an entirely new color palette pushing beyond the original as far as I can. But in all, I stay very close to Audubon’s original composition — the core of these amazing ornithological visual stories.

My objective is to reinterpret this rich history for the digital age. Each and every bird form has it’s own set of intricate and unique bezier curves — coming together in a multitude of ways to create an almost infinite number of unique species. Add to that the broadest color palette in the animal kingdom and the design possibilities are multiplied thousandfold. Few people know that an early system to describe the diversity of bird coloration led to the widely used Pantone system today. And that system is used in the Adobe Illustrator program used to create my prints. There are so many connections to art and science in this concept, it was just a natural progression for me as an artist who has been drawing birds for as
long as I could hold a pencil ... to my career as a graphic designer utilizing the latest in digital design tools.’’

In 2021, Don met baker turned watercolorist, Dora Dylanne Reyes. A friendship and mutual interest in each others art led to a very unique collaboration and pairing — birds and desserts.

“I was working on a Florida Cormorant and was just about to put a fish in his mouth when Dora suggested something a little more interesting ... a piece of black forest cheesecake. To the ornithological purist in me it made no sense at all, but it looked absolutely amazing. From there, the birds and desserts series took off.”

The collaboration eventually became a true artistic partnership— Birds and Their Just Desserts / Let Them Eat Cake.

21 products
  • Don Carter: Cape May Warbler Trivet
    Don Carter: Cape May Warbler Trivet
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  • Don Carter: Varied Thrush Trivet
    Don Carter: Tree Sparrow Trivet
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  • Don Carter: Donut/ Lovebirds Trivet
    Don Carter: Donut/ Lovebirds Trivet
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  • Don Carter: Popcicle/ Snowbirds Trivet
    Don Carter: Popcicle/ Snowbirds Trivet
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  • Don Carter: Rooster Coaster
    Don Carter: Rooster Coaster
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  • Don Carter: Gingerbread Man Coaster
    Don Carter: Gingerbread Man Coaster
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  • Don Carter: Pintail Coaster
    Don Carter: Pintail Coaster
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  • Don Carter: Strawberry Cupcake Coaster
    Don Carter: Strawberry Cupcake Coaster
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