Recognizing Chuck's fine art abilities at an
early age, his 2nd grade teacher predicted
he would be an artist, a sentiment echoed by all his teachers through
high school where he swept first place honors for all four fine
art media groups his senior year. Once in college, Chuck was also
getting high marks from his world renowned professors like fine
art teacher, Lorser Feitelson.
Chuck's photography interest also started at
a very early age, setting up his first darkroom and printing his
first pictures at the age of 11. This discipline helped Chuck develop
color photo comp layouts for his design business in 1977 which
allowed clients to see exactly what they were going to get, a precursor
to the WYSIWYG (pronounced "wiz-ee-wig") computer software
we take for granted today. Chuck's photography skills were further
enhanced by learning lithography and experimenting with his own
custom, hand applied color photo emulsions on archival substrates
that were contact printed using large fine-line litho negatives.
He also shared studio space for 18 years with his photography mentor
and good friend Gene Howard from the famed Garrett/Howard "Studio
studio to the Hollywood stars. Chuck has won awards for the
photos from his LA historical Victorian homes series that combined
black and white and sepia tone images on one photographic print.
Today Chuck spends a lot of his free time doing
flower and nature digital photography and experimenting with the
imagery in his digital darkroom to create fine art prints. He has
been seen with his camera roaming the rose gardens at Kew Gardens
in London, Buchard Gardens in Victoria, and the botanical gardens
around Southern California.