Life From Art


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My life flows from the creative artistic energy of the Universe

Art has been an important part of my life since childhood. In kindergarten, I learned by accident that blue and yellow make green. When painting the sky, I was too generous with the water, and I was fascinated how the two colors blended together to make a new color. Inspired by that revelation, I added two more legs and three pairs of shoes to the horse I was painting. And that painting was put on display in a citywide art show. In middle school, I decorated the tops of book reports and assignments with images from our reading book until my teacher asked me to stop. In high school, I won the art award my senior year and more importantly I discovered the styles of art that have influenced my life in so many ways for decades.
In high school, I visited the Art Institute in Chicago with my family. Seeing the vast universe of Art opened my eyes to so many avenues for creative expression. I was awestruck by a series of ancient Chinese paintings. The vertical perspective, counterbalancing blank spaces, flowing characters and red seals grabbed hold of my imagination and never let go. Starting in college, I began working with ink and washes of acrylic and watercolor. The flow of ink and paint from the brush is as thrilling now as it was when I first picked up a brush as a boy.
I have studied Taoism for years. I lived in China for twelve years, and learned about art from several artists, family and students. In China, I learned about the deep impact Art has on Asian cultures. Ancient art forms are part of both annual rituals and everyday life. While there, I learned to let the art flow and create naturally without overthinking.
To keep my creative juices flowing, I enjoy contemplative walks on the beach near my home. The incredible natural art of the ocean inspires me. As I wander along, my heart is stirred by the organic shapes of driftwood, seafoam, stones, shells, seaweed and the rolling tide. With my spirit energized, I go home, sit at my table and summon dreams to the page. And in this way, I create Life From Art.

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  • Chuck

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    In addition to be an artist, I am also a writer, poet and father of three. I have studied Taoism for years. I lived in China for twelve years, and learned about art from several artists. Nature inspires me. I called myself a neo-transcendentalist.

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