Carter Watkins was born in Austin Texas, he studied Architecture & Environmental Design at Arizona State. He started making his beaded micro-mosaic sculptures in 2014.
Carter Watkins is a self-taught artist from Austin, Texas who has been creating his highly-detailed, micro-mosaic beaded sculptures since 2014. His beading technique is inspired by traditional Huichol artisans-- using beeswax to adhere individually-placed seed beads to the surface of the substrate. His craftsmanship, subject matter, and artistic style is informed by his career as an Art Director and Designer.
Carter specializes in transformations of found objects such as animal skulls and guitars. His subject matter covers a variety of genres, from vibrant free-form geometric, rhythmic designs to landscape scenes and, most recently, illustrative portraits.
In 2019, Carter produced a total of 37 different beaded sculptures, 10 of which were private commissions. His work has been featured in The Austin-American Statesman, Austin Monthly, and Texas Monthly.