About the Artist
Family life intervened, but her love of drawing returned. Self development through Adult Education, and re-connecting with her life long ambition to make her passion for Art a career, she returned to Art in the 1990’s, with additional creative boosts from the St Ives School of Art & Newlyn Art School. Charlotte’s work was nominated and accepted to the first Cornwall Art Fair, St Ives in 2016, and again in 2017. The following year she exhibited in Launceston & Boscastle, and was accepted as a Member of the Camel Art Society. In 2019 she exhibited at the Wild Cornwall Exhibition, Truro. Charlotte has exhibited her work in galleries in Mevagissey, St Ives and Wadebridge.
Cornwall is her inspiration, it is Home. Charlotte’s love for the natural beauty of the county is depicted in her work. Created either in her studio in North Cornwall, or from plein air pastel sketches, Charlottes work captures and expresses the simple joys of the colours of Cornwall. Cornwall’s beauty is the lure for the county’s tourism industry, and this makes her aware of humans damage through over consumption to the environment. Creating art and respecting the environment leads to her ethos of creating original works, with prints limited to 5 or 10 only. The buyers connection with the piece is important to her, along with original art being affordable to all those who appreciate it. Charlotte in 2019 started her own Art Collectable Range of Miniature Original works. With growing interest and popularity, her joyful, beautiful work is selling nationally and internationally.
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I was born in Japan but instantly felt that Cornwall is my spiritual home. The landscape, the sky, the weather and the people all combine to make Cornwall a place I want to be. Back home in Japan I work with natural stone and grind it down into powered to use as a paint material. I see the amazing granite of Cornwall as a perfect material to use in my art.
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My work is compiled, I build layer after layer, sometimes taking areas back to where I started, reworking or allowing the beginnings to be exposed. Layers are often thin and my tools are basic. Some papers and canvas may go through the press, some are hand pressed, all are painted and repainted.
Simon paints in an ‘Impressionistic’ painting technique in oils on canvas. Influences include several Impressionists and Post Impressionists, and subsequent artists such as Sargent and Brangwyn.
I studied graphic design for 4 years in the 1970’s and gained Associate Membership of the Society of Industrial Artists & Designers and of the Society of Typographical Designers. I went on to work in London for companies including IPC Magazines and Royle Print Ltd.