St. Augustine, Florida
"I find the world in all of its variety an endless source of inspiration. I use rich color, strong compositions, and solid drawings as the foundation of my paintings to capture what I see and feel. My ultimate goal is to create lasting works that express the spirit and beauty of nature."
Charles Dickinson 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 to the study of painting and has been a full-time plein air artist for the last forty years.
Dickinson's work is collected internationally. He is an award-winning artist who was honored in 2018 with the Blick Award during Plein Air Richmond, a Third Place in the Bucks County Plein Air Festival Quickdraw, and in 2017 Charles garnered a Second Place Award for his painting, Shockoe Bottom Fire Escape during Plein Air Richmond, and his painting "Hanover Industrial Park" won the Emmett Fritz Award for Best Oil painting in the 2017 Honors exhibit. |
In addition to his personal artistic pursuits, for the past seventeen years Dickinson has participated 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 causes that these events often benefit.
He and/or his art can be found 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.
Recent awards include Best of Show Jean Wagner Troemel Award in the St. Augustine Honors Show for his painting "Lost Among the Trees," which was painted in the 2019 Forgotten Coast en Plein Air Event.
Dickinson focuses his painting in Florida, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Maryland, Connecticut, Maine and Vermont. Charles's artistic aim is to create quality paintings that capture his vision of the spirit and beauty of nature.