Why did this man give up riches and fame to start all over?
By Richard Zitrin
It's a Monday night on Anderson Avenue, an old industrial area in Rochester's Neighborhood of the Arts. Inside Steve Carpenter's art studio, a nude model sits as 15 students put his form on canvas. Carpenter walks through the room, smiling and talking to the artists, the rumble of a passing train in the background.
It might seem like a humble scene to anyone who knows Carpenter's resume, from his days as a young illustrator working for Walt Disney himself to a 30-year art career in Monaco as a favorite of rich and famous Monte Carlo royalty. Yet it's right here in Rochester that Carpenter has found his slice of Shangri-La.