Vital Signs: A Passion for Painting

Suddenly, at 52, Mr. Carter changed. Now he cared only for art and scorned the world he knew

By Bruce L. Miller|Thursday, January 01, 1998
At the time of his wife’s death, John Carter was a shy and conservative 52-year-old man whose most distinguishing traits were an uncanny ability to remember numbers, a two-stroke golf handicap, and a profound devotion to his wife. So the prolonged grieving that followed her death surprised no one. But when John decided to leave his brokerage firm and become an artist, his family and friends were shocked. To their knowledge, John had never before shown any interest in art whatsoever; indeed...

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