Chuck Calhoun, Experimental Mixed-media
North Carolina water-media painter, Chuck Calhoun emphasis is on design, color and light. His art reflects a love of nature, attention to detail, and, skilled expression of feelings via a broad range of approaches...realism to abstract.
Chuck chooses a broad range of applications and paints primarily in water-soluble media.. Some renderings may employ airbrush, paint brush, and pours all in one painting. While every painting does not always include multiple media, some paintings, for example, might combine transparent watercolor, gouache, casein, and/or even acrylic! "The process fascinates me. Each experiment teaches me something useful for another painting."
Images that connect with the viewer
Chuck's professional direction to be a painter sparked in 1995 after painting a series of murals. His "first" painting was a mural of cartoons in a 20' x 20' room with 15' high walls. His fourth painting, says Chuck, "... was a nine by eleven inch watercolor, and it took longer to finish!"
His art career solidified after a five week art tour of plein-air painting and journalling throughout Italy in the summer of 2000. Over the years, as Chuck's painting developed, he has attended many national workshops to improve his skill of painting. Now, along with his own painting, he also teaches art classes and hosts workshops for artists.
Chuck Calhoun Fine Art
4000 Lakeside Drive
Charlotte, NC 28270
Private & Corporate Collections
Private and corporate collections now include his paintings. Radio 107.9 the Link, has repeatedly displayed Mr. Calhoun’s 2005 “Tavern at the Taste” 60' mural at the Taste of Charlotte festival. His paintings have been featured in Watercolor Magazine, Winter 2003 Edition. Limited edition prints of a four year series of paintings for the Mecklenburg County Council, Boy Scouts of America are used to raise funds and recognize contributors of the Friends of Scouting capital campaign. The first painting in that series received the PICA Award for the Carolinas and Virginia printing industry.
Community service, leadership, along with painting painting are consistent parts of the career formula for Chuck. Chuck served as president of the Charlotte Artists Society for more than a decade, president of the Guild of Charlotte Artists, as board member of the Charlotte Art League, and in an advisory capacity for additional grassroots art organizations in the region. Chuck was an organizing partner for a now annual invitational art show benefiting the Matthews Help Center. Lectures and teaching Boy Scout merit badge classes and seniors in Shepard Center art classes has been another way for Chuck to reach out to the community.
“My goal is to evoke some reaction or emotion as I share my own experience or vision. I hope to invoke a laugh, a sigh or a cry, and get the viewer to pause and consider what they are seeing. For me, my paintings are successful if I have helped my audience bring their own experiences into mind. While remembering a path you have already taken, I will try to show you a course you have never tried.”