Born 1942 in Lebanon, Tennessee.
His works, the majority as prints and drawings, have been exhibited internationally, nationally, and regionally in more than nine hundred and five exhibitions since 1971, with approximately seventy of them international exhibitions. That work has received more than two hundred awards and is included in more than ninety public collections, including: the Library of Congress, Mobile Oil Corporation, the American Telephone and Telegraph company, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Philadelphia Museum, the Pushkin Museum in Moscow, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the National Museum of American Art, The Corcoran Museum of Art, and internationally in China, Egypt, England, Iceland, Japan, Korea, Poland, Romania, Taiwan, and the Ukraine. In recent years, he has received three Individual Artist Fellowships from the Ohio Arts Council and one from the National Endowment for the Arts. He has been listed in Who’s Who in American Art since 1978.
Nationally and internationally, Charles has performed as Lecturer, Visiting Artist and Scholar, Juror, and Consultant, including residencies with the University of Georgia, Cortona, Italy program in 1979, 1985 and 1989 and one at Texas Tech University in the winter and spring of 1990. During December of 1999, he traveled to Egypt as a guest of that government to participate in a Ph.D. dissertation defense for an Egyptian student for whom he had been American adviser during her research residency as a Visiting Scholar at OSU during 1997-1998. For three months in the autumn of 2001, he was a Visiting Scholar at the National Changhua University of Education in Taiwan, R.O.C. While in Taiwan, He was also the invited American participant at the International Printmaking Symposium in December of 2001 at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum in conjunction with the 10th International Print and Drawing Biennale.
His work in Printmaking, primarily lithography, and drawing is a personal, intense realism which involves itself with positive vision, inherent in the soul and magic of a simple, yet sophisticated world that is often taken for granted. The objects are usual; however, their existence finally speaks to a view, a presence, not seen in quite that same manner before. Again, the essence of having been or still being a secret reveals itself as real, important, or precursive, multiple issues. That is what is sought and found in the finished work: hopefully, things of some consequence that need to be made visible and to be seen more clearly, perhaps then to be shared with others.