Monte Trevor Carlton was born in 1972 in Olympia, Washington State’s capitol. While Trevor Carlton painted throughout high school, his first artistic passion was acting. Therefore, even though he was offered an art scholarship, Trevor decided to pursue his dream of becoming an actor and moved to Los Angeles to attend the prestigious Lee Strasberg Acting Workshop.
Amidst the chaos of auditions and callbacks, Trevor paid the bills by working in a custom furniture store, specializing in antiquing and faux finish designs. It was here that a style was
born. Using reclaimed lumber as his canvas, Trevor started painting images of vintage Americana with subjects ranging from iconic celebrities to the famous Blues greats. Using wood, albeit an unorthodox substrate, lent itself well to Trevor’s need to push the envelope and explore new avenues of artistic expression. Soon he was perfecting his signature distressed style by painting a raw canvas to create the appearance of wood and then using solvents and sandpaper to give the piece an overall “distressed” look.