Born in Annapolis, Maryland in 1952, Charles studied painting and printmaking at Virginia Commonwealth University and Syracuse University, graduating in 1974 with a BFA in Painting and Printmaking. A member of The American Impressionists Society and Oil Painters of America, in the past three decades Charles has had numerous one-man shows on the East Coast as well as in his adopted state of New Mexico; Sante Fe has been his home since 1981.
A lifelong fascination with color expressed itself initially in abstract painting, but since moving to northern New Mexico, the brilliant high desert light dictated a change in the direction of his painting. Years of attempting to capture aspects of that light have resulted in an artistic output dominated by landscapes, street scenes and gardens. Numerous visits to France and his ancestral home of Italy, have provided an opportunity to explore water subjects, such as the canals of Venice and have provoked a growing interest in human interaction.