Born in the ‘Royal Town’ of Sutton Coldfield in the heart of the West Midlands in 1974, Charlie has nurtured a relationship with art from an early age.
Always having a love of design in all its guises, she was exposed to a wealth of artistic influences through holidaying in Europe with her family, the strongest memory being her trip to the galleries of Paris with her mother at the age of 19, where she fell in love with the unique works of the great Impressionists.
Today, Charlie’s eyes are turned by the likes of Frida Khalo, Tamara De Lempicka, Georgia O’Keeffe, Mark Rothko and Amedeo Modigliani. Charlie also takes her inspiration from the 1920’s era, specifically the deco style of advertising and art.
As a gifted student Charlie was granted an unconditional offer to Bourneville College of Art at the age of 18, where she completed her Foundation studies in Art and Design. Two years later her BA (hons) in Fine Art was disrupted when Charlie’s health faltered and she became too ill to continue her studies. She managed to successfully complete her second year and was awarded for this, more recently Charlie has gained higher qualifications in Psychology and Counselling.
In 2000 Charlie fulfilled her first independent commissions, reigniting her dreams to become a full time artist. In 2005 this is exactly what she did; working as an Original Artist for a leading publishing house, during which time she created over 200 mixed media pieces which were sold world-wide, to collectors, corporate buyers and private clients. Charlie’s art can be found throughout the world in residential and commercial settings such as private homes, hotels and offices.
Charlie lives with her civil partner and child in Birmingham, West Midlands, where, working predominantly in acrylics on canvas and board, she continues to fulfil commissions and sell her work. She is also passionate about the art workshops she delivers to young people, within school and charity settings, helping to build confidence and self esteem to disadvantaged communities through the creative arts.