About the Artist

C harles Dickinson, a Connecticut native now making his home in Florida, grew up in a family of artists. Charles's grandfather, Sidney Dickinson, taught at the Art Student's League in New York and hangs in the National Gallery, The High Museum of Art and the Greenville County Museum of Art. Sidney's second cousin, Edwin Dickinson, exhibits in the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Norton Museum of Art. Along with Charles's father, Thorn Dickinson, these men exposed Charles to art at a very young age and gave birth to his artistic mindset.

He began drawing in early childhood. Later he received four years of formal training at the Paier School of Art in Hamden, Connecticut, and earned a scholarship at Lyme Academy of Fine Art in Old Lyme, Connecticut where he studied painting and sculpture. He has since dedicated his life and the last forty-five years to studying and creating art.

Charles has been a plein air artist since he first discovered painting on location in 1978. For many years Charles considered the outdoors his studio and began to study the art of creating works alla prima (in one sitting) as well as returning to a chosen scene over several days or weeks to complete a more complex work. For the most part his work was a solitary endeavor but over the last two decades Charles has been fortunate to participate in invitational and juried plein air painting events. He is inspired by the challenges of painting new landscapes with limited time and the opportunity to paint alongside his peers. He also enjoys the opportunity to bring awareness and contribute what he can to the environmental or cultural cause that these events often benefit.

Charles is an award-winning artist who has been honored most recently in 2024 with Most Creative_Alice and Clark Alger Award for his ink drawing "Headlines." In 2023 he received Award of Merit for his entry in the Figures and Faces exhibit at the St. Augustine Art Association.. In 2022 Charles was honored with the Maecenas Award chosen by collectors for his painting, "Streaming Florida," during the Forgotten Coast en Plein Air event. Also in 2022 two of his paintings were chosen by two paint out events to represent the event in advertising in 2023. In 2021 he received a Best Figure in a Landscape award at the Glouster Paint Out in Virginia. Then also in 2021 and back home in Florida Charles won Best of Show during the Florida Wild Exhibit. In 2019 he received a "Best in Show: Jean Wagner Troemel award." Charles is honored to have been recognized for his work. He has been fortunate to be commissioned for paintings in such diverse locations as the New York Stock Exchange, The Meadowlands racetrack in New Jersey, Saratoga Springs, New York, and Epcot. Charles's work is collected internationally.

Charles is a member of Oil Painters of America, American Impressionist Society, and is a life-time member of the St. Augustine Art Association.

He continues to paint on location from life and is working on his imaginative and surreal works in the studio. Charles is also collaborating on a graphic novel and a children's book project.

Charles and/or his art has been featured in several media formats including the opening presentation on NBC Sports for the PGA Tournament at TCP Sawgrass, The American Master Artist Series, "The Art of Charles Dickinson," Winter Park Magazine (Cover/Feature artist), Jacksonville's Arbus magazine (Cover Artist/Feature artist), Northeast Florida's Lifestyles Magazine (Feature), See Magazine's In Room Concierge Guide (Cover, Feature), Plein Air Magazine, Art Collector Magazine, Vermont's What's Where magazine (Cover Artist), Cape Cod Guide (Cover Artist), and newspapers throughout the East. He often participates in invitational plein air painting events throughout the East.

He was hired to teach painting at North Hollow School in Rochester, Vermont (1988-89) and at the Johnson College External Degree Program in Johnson, Vermont (1989). Charles has given painting demonstrations at the St. Augustine Art Association, at several paint outs, and at various art leagues around the country.

Charles's artistic aim is to create quality paintings that capture his vision of the spirit and beauty of nature.

all images: © Charles Dickinson