An early student of architecture, Charles’ absorbing interest in design emerged.  His acquired skills in drawing and painting led to obtaining a BFA.  A business rather than artistic career ensued; however, as a corporate executive living in New York City, travels throughout Europe provided abundant recounting for renewed artistic pursuits.  Charles studied in pastels while in New York and advanced his training in Still Life and Drawing and Painting Ateliers at Gage Academy of Art, Seattle, WA. 

Charles, a Seattle-based artist, has been juried into exhibitions in Washington State and with Oil Painters of America in Colorado and California. Awards: 2015 American Art Collector Magazine, 2013 Art Port Townsend, and 2011 Artist's Magazine finalist. 

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Education and Training

2009-2012 Graduate of Atelier programs at Gage Academy of Art, Seattle with Gary Faigin and Kang O'Higgins

2009-2013 Further studies: Burton Silverman-Art Students League, John Rizzotto,  John Morra, Peter Van Dyck, Gabrielle Bakker

BFA, Eastern Washington University


As a contemporary realist painter my work is based on life observation and imagery. My veneration for both the still life and landscape traditions are expressed through studied compilations, often relying on an elevated eye level, coexisting with fragmented and open-ended narratives.  A major portion of my work flows from the use of personal objects that I take as the origin of inspiration where they appear quiet and varied with suggestions sealed within the moment.  Close attention is given to aesthetics utilizing a single source of light with strong local contrasts for heightened drama and blurred edges to alter or manipulate the environment. A neutral palette with hints of vivid color achieve the intensity, complexity, and unity that I seek.

My thinking is influenced by studying painters Jan van Eyck, Rembrandt, Jean-Baptiste Chardin, Titian, Leonardo da Vinci, and landscape painters Sanford Gifford and Albert Bierstadt.



Oil Painters of America

Artist Trust

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