He studied art under Vivian Aunspaugh and Frank Reaugh. He continued his studies at the Art Institute of Chicago, where in June 1926 he was awarded the Bryan Lathrop Traveling Fellowship for study in Europe. He spent the next 4½ years studying in Paris and other major European art centers. During this period he studied for a year with the influential modernist teacher André L'Hote and exhibited his work at the Salon d'Automne in Paris (1927).
Following his European sojourn Carnohan returned to Dallas, where he became active in the Dallas Nine, a circle of regionalists. Continued