A sense of place is the theme that best describes Carter Black's work over the years. After leaving his hometown in New York to join the Peace Corps in the 1960s and seek adventure in Africa, he has lived outside the U.S. Mainland ever since. The tropics have inspired his painting from the beginning – first in Tanzania, then Kenya, and now Hawai‘i. The vast African landscape and the Arabic flavor of its coastal towns; the whitewashed colonial charm of Bermuda; and Hawai‘i's breathtaking scenery are elements that inform his painting. Whether a scenic watercolor, an architectural illustration, or the character of a community captured in a public mural, his work carries a sense of place throughout.