Art for Inspired Living
"There is the kind of beauty seen with the
eye, and there is the kind of beauty seen with the heart. My love for
both kinds is the basis for the creation of my Romantic Realist paintings.
They are visions meant to tell an enriching story and speak to the
soul with heartwarming imagery in vibrant color, dramatic light, and precise
detail, inviting the viewer to step inside to another place and be
inspired in his or her own way each day."
Each painting begins with contemplation of the beauty found
within 4 realms: nature, collective human experience, human engineering, and
spiritual truth. This culminates in a daydream
or vision for a new scene. Each painstaking layer requires hours of
concentration for a methodical refining of brush marks, gradients, and detail.
It takes many weeks to capture each scene.
Faith & Inspiration
Chuck's inspiration comes from of a love of the beauty, a passion
for truth, and the desire to create images that both communicate and bring joy
to others. Seeking to merge his
training and interest in ministry with the creation of art, some paintings go a
step beyond the strokes of color and light to convey a message. Hence,
one can find warm themes such as community, love, romance, peace, relationship,
faith, family, and spiritual truth infused within the subject matter.
"My techniques come from both personal
experimentation and the study of historical painting methods. Of
notable influence are the 19th century American Luminists, such as Albert
Bierstadt and the Hudson River School painters, as well as recent American
artists, like G. Harvey, Terry Redlin, and Thomas Kinkade. While I
appreciate these influences, each piece I create is meant to capture my own
unique vision and imagination."
Since launching in 2008, the company has grown
dramatically, as the art connects with mainstream popularity. And the brand continues to expand with art featured on
products around the world. In
2014, Art For Inspired Living, LLC was formed as an entity to better convey
what the company is about and carry the brand forward.
Chuck was born in 1978 and raised in North Carolina. His
parents, Ed and Liz settled in the small town of King to raise he and his two
brothers, Shane and Eddie. Other than watching Bob Ross on TV
and taking a high school art class, Chuck didn't receive any formal art
training, but experimented to find his own techniques and methods over the
years. Early on, his grandmother, La Trelle, bought him
supplies after seeing a little lake scene he painted on a lunch
break at his lifeguard job. La Trelle's mother, Elizabeth (Chuck's
great grandmother), had dabbled as oil painter, and her western landscape
paintings graced many of the walls of the house. His spiritual
development was aided by countless teachers and volunteers at Carolina Bible
Camp, other youth spiritual retreats, not to mention the influence of his
family and relatives. He later earned degrees in missions and biblical studies
from Abilene Christian University in Texas and went on to teach high school
Bible courses at a Christian school in Atlanta before embracing art as a
full-time profession in 2008. He met his wife and best friend,
Deborah, during college, and they recently celebrated their 10th wedding
anniversary. Deborah, a math teacher by trade, has been an instrumental
supporter, co-worker, and friend.
"Although life always brings trials and difficulties, I have
been blessed to grow up in a middle-income home with a loving family and lots
of opportunities for development. I'm thankful for the friends,
teachers, and volunteers, who have helped me along the way in several areas of
life. And my wife's presence and support has been vital to me. All
in all, God has given me much, so I try to meet it with gratitude, hard work
and stewardship. I hope my efforts in art, other media, and forums
will ultimately bring glory back to the One from whom all good things come and
the world will be changed, if only in a small way, for the better."