Hello, my name is Charlotte

…and I am addicted to bright colors, absurd shapes, and paint under the fingernails.

I am inspired by the Pattern and Decoration Movement of the 1970s and the folk art of my native South. Roosters are, for me, the perfect muse to explore compositions with bold colors and shapes that demand the viewers’ attention and express the peculiar personalities of chickens.

In 2003 I was working on a series of serious, religio-political paintings that focused on women of faith and the clothes they wear. One afternoon, I was becoming increasingly frustrated with a piece that just did not inspire me. For relaxation, I took a break and started doodling an image of a chicken from a show rooster calendar. It was too much fun! One doodle turned into a multimedia piece and then into a few, small, on-the-side project pieces. I realized that there was something to the image of the rooster, so universally recognizable, as the foundation to explore my great love for colors and patterns. Before long I was using the form of the rooster as my model; perfecting my craft and style by portraying an incredibly beautiful and complex creature.

Over the years, I’ve oscillated between my two great loves of art and health. When applying for undergraduate programs I faced a difficult choice: which of these passions should I pursue in my studies? I opted to go with a career in health, majoring in political science, completing two years at a prestigious public health nonprofit, and later achieving a Masters in Public Health. All the while I fought for, but did not prioritize, spare time for painting. In 2010 I met Portland-based artist Gwenn Seemel and my artistic life completely changed. I learned that artists could be respected and considered a contributing member of society, offering their expertise and skills the same way as a lawyer or doctor. My art could manifest into a self-sustaining career path after all!

From 2010 forward, I’ve put forth my best efforts to prioritize my artistic goals the way I do my public health career. I remain inspired by the bright and bold moments in our everyday lives, continually finding ways for my love of art and health to coexist. And I celebrate this journey through the ridiculous yet fascinating façade of the farm chicken.

Enjoy the art.

Love, Char

  • Joined: February 2014


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