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Art & Life with Charles Rouse

Today we’d like to introduce you to Charles Rouse.

Charles, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I more or less walked you through this with my notes sent recently. Through the years I traveled extensively
all over the world. After the divorce in my twenties I stayed single. Still am. I painted, golfed, fished and photographed whatever for my art. Owned a couple of sports fishing boats. Caught just about every kind of game fish that swims. College art instructor for 25 years. Built spec homes on the side for fun and profit. Compete against the best watercolor artists in the country. Fun life.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I am a transparent watercolor artist. Somewhat of a dying breed. The majority are mixed water media artists. Traditional watercolor is paper, water and pigment NOTHING else. There are only two transparent watercolor societies in the country. Watercolor West in Brea ca. and the Transparent Watercolor Society in Kenosha
Wisconsin. I am a former graphic designer/illustrator. A studio artist. No Plein Aire. I travel a lot and photograph reference for future paintings. What do I paint? Whatever strikes my fancy. Whatever excites me. Whatever challenges me. I am inspired by color, local, drama, story and beauty, and more. Is there a message in my art? Only the one each and every viewer takes for themselves. There’s a story, but not a message.

Artists rarely, if ever pursue art for the money. Nonetheless, we all have bills and responsibilities and many aspiring artists are discouraged from pursuing art due to financial reasons. Any advice or thoughts you’d like to share with prospective artists?
Think graphic design. That can cover every facet of commercial art, and that is how you will survive.
Just about everything on the planet has to be designed. Buildings, cars, treadmills, dinnerware, sports gear, toasters, clothing, luggage, lamps, golf carts, food packaging, corporate identity, etc., etc., etc. Fine art is what a graphic designer does for the sake of art, not money. I always made time for my watercolors knowing someday I would have all the time I needed to paint them. The best of both worlds

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
My web site is the easiest place to see what I do. I feel the digital images don’t really do mine or any one’s work justice. Viewing the original work is far superior’ I compete in most of the top tier shows across the country, and they post the images on their sites after the judging and initial opening. Anyone interested in seeing more of my work can contact me through my web site, charleshenryrouse.com. I enjoy sharing my work and talking art. Currently the LOCAL COLOR show at the City of Escondido’s arts and performance center.

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Charles Henry rouse

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