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Sunday, August 4, 2019

"At the Threshold" the Art Muse Winner!


Wow! More great news from Art Muse this month.
"At the Threshold" was chosen by the acclaimed artist William Schneider as the Art Muse Contest winner for the month of June!

"Excellent drawing, values, color temperature relationships, edges, and composition! And it creates an intriguing narrative." -- William Schneider

Many thanks to Bill for his kind words, and thanks to the Art Muse organizers as well.

-- Art Muse Contest website

Thursday, July 18, 2019

"A Fascination with Plumage" in Metro Montage XIX

Charles with "A Fascination with Plumage" at Metro Montage XIX

Charles was once again honored to be a part of Metro Montage, the annual juried exhibition of the Marietta Cobb Museum of Art, in Marietta, Georgia.

"A Fascination with Plumage" was chosen, along with 71 other works of art across all genres, mediums, and techniques to represent "a body of work that is a cohesive and encompassing celebration of creative expression."


The exhibition will remain in place through September 8, 2019.

-- The Marietta Cobb Museum of Art website
-- The Marietta Cobb Museum of Art on Facebook


Thursday, July 11, 2019

Two Paintings Chosen as Finalists in ARC Salon

Charles was honored again this year with two of his paintings chosen as finalists in the prestigious 14th International ARC Salon!

"At the Threshold" and "A Fascination with Plumage" were both included in the Imaginative Realism category of this sensational online exhibition of representational work.



The directors at Art Renewal Center describe their Imaginative Realism category as one that "focuses on historical scenes, religious imagery, surrealism, fantasy art and science fiction."

They go on to praise the importance of the imaginative realism genre in modern society:
"Today there is a growing group of artists utilizing techniques of the past, but with modern day creative concepts. This imaginative style of art is a legitimate form of human expression, broadening the types of subjects Mankind can explore and enabling viewers to understand emotions and themes in the real world by abstracting the subjects through unconventional but recognizable imagery."



Created by the Art Renewal Center, the ARC Salon has grown to be one of the largest and most prestigious exhibitions of representational art. This year's Salon includes 1500 works chosen from the more than 4300 entries submitted from 73 countries.

ARC Chairman Fred Ross, in his message on the Salon website, says:

"Every year I continue to be amazed at the quality and originality of the newest crop of ARC Salon winners and finalists which just keeps getting better at an accelerating pace... Nothing demonstrates better ... the basic tenets of the ARC Philosophy, perhaps the most important being, that Realism in the fine arts is a universal visual language. Let us all hope that the fast growing 21st century Realist Art Movement will play its part in establishing a more peaceful, yet beautiful and exciting, future."

-- view the entire exhibition on the ARC Salon website
-- visit Art Renewal Center's website 


Sunday, June 30, 2019

"The Links of Her Rubicon" the Art Muse winner!



Great news from Art Muse!
"The Links of Her Rubicon" was chosen as the winner in the Master Class category of the May edition of the Art Muse contest, by that month's judge artist Rick Delanty.

"A great painting is such because it evokes emotion, and springs forth seemingly effortlessly because its creator knows drawing, imagines color, and forms a pattern of light and shadow that is dramatically clear and believable.

"Charles' painting reminds me of the work of Frank Frazetta, Master of Anatomy and Imagineer of Drama and Contrasts. At the same time, it conjures Thomas Eakins, and the figures of the 19th century French Salon. The juxtaposition of the classical figure and its modern presentation jumped out at me amid all the most excellent entries in this month's contest. Masterful!" -- Rick Delanty

Wow! Many thanks to Rick for his very kind statement; I'm blown away! And thanks too to the Art Muse organizers.

-- The Art Muse Contest website

Sunday, March 24, 2019

"The Links of Her Rubicon" at the OPA National Exhibition


"The Links of Her Rubicon"  34 x 21, oil

We're very honored that Charles has once again had a painting chosen as a finalist in the Oil Painters of America National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils!

"The Links of Her Rubicon" will hang with the 235 other finalist paintings at the Illume Gallery of Fine Art in Saint George, Utah from May 10 - June 7, 2019.

The entire exhibition is currently available to view online on both Illume Gallery's website and  OPA's website.
the exhibition on Illume Gallery's website
the exhibition on Oil Painters of America's website

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Oil Painters of America
2019 National Juried Exhibition
May 10 - June 7, 2019
opening reception - Friday May 10
Illume Gallery of Fine Art
Saint George, Utah |  801-210-2853

Sunday, February 17, 2019

California Art Club Gold Medal Exhibition


We have received the wonderful news that Charles has had two paintings accepted into the California Art Club's 108th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition!

"The Silver Mask" and "Her Glory is Her Own" will hang in Pasadena from March 3-29, 2019.


This is a tremendous honor, as he was just a few month ago accepted into full out-of-state artist membership with this prestigious organization.

The California Art Club was built on the foundation of promoting and supporting contemporary-traditional fine art. As one of the oldest, largest and most active art organizations in the country, the CAC is committed to keeping traditional art alive.


If you're not in Pasadena during the month of March, the 108th Gold Medal Exhibition is also available to view on the California Art Club's website.

- The 108th Gold Medal Exhibition
- The California Art Club website



Wednesday, January 30, 2019

"A Moment's Rest" in NOAPS Small Works Exhibition

A Moment's Rest   7x9   oil on canvas

This beautiful little figure painting is headed to Fredericksburg, Texas!

"A Moment's Rest" has been accepted into the National Oil and Acrylic Painters' Society's 2019 Best of America Small Painting National Juried Exhibition along with 125 other pieces measuring 16x20 or smaller from artists across the country.

The exhibition opens March 1st at the RS Hanna Gallery in Fredericksburg, but until then you can view all the included paintings on the NOAPS website.

- view the exhibition on the NOAPS website
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National Oil and Acrylic Painters' Society
2019 Best of America Small Painting National Juried Exhibition
March 1 - April 6, 2019
RS Hanna Gallery
Fredericksburg TX  |  830-307-3071


Thursday, December 20, 2018

Advanced Memberships in AIS and CAC

Charles has recently been honored with an advanced membership level with two prestigious art organizations!

He is now a Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society after meeting their requirements of being juried into two National Exhibitions and two Small Works Exhibitions. During that time he also won a Second Place award for his painting "Amethyst."

A much more formal jurying process with the California Art Club has resulted in Charles being named an Out of State Artist Member on their rolls. The jurying process is tough, involving the submission of multiple images, a bio, and a written statement, and the number of Out of State Artist Members in the organization is kept limited. Being named an Artist Member of the California Art Club now makes him eligible to submit to their Gold Medal Exhibition - the pinnacle of contemporary traditional fine art on the west coast.


Sunday, November 4, 2018

Painting Demonstration at ArtFolio Expo

Every year Binders Art Supplies in Atlanta hosts the ArtFolio Expo, a gathering of art supply manufacturers and distributors who bring new products and specials to share with local attending artists and other creatives.

This year's event was Saturday, October 27th and Charles, in partnership with Jack Richeson & Co. Fine Art Materials, conducted a demonstration highlighting several of the Richeson products.

After a little more than an hour of painting and talk, attendees were then invited to have "hands-on" time with Richeson's oil paints, brushes, and samples of their new mounted linen panels.