Leo S. Carty
A self-described history buff, Leo Carty thrives on studying the heritage of black people living in the Virgin Islands and portraying their liefestyles at the turn of the century. Beautiful and historical buildings on the islands provide a rich cultural backdrop for his scenes. The artwork selected for the Census 2000 poster for the Virgin Islands, Good Day Ladies, is a good example of Carty's trademark style. Although he lives in the Virgin Islands now, the artist was born in Harlem. From childhood, his family, teachers, and neighbors have recognized his talent. Carty says his life has been about catching up with his gift as an artist.