Charles paints in series, starting each series with a controlling idea, but then letting each individual painting develop on the canvas. He says his paintings are like children: “You put all your hopes and dreams into them, but somewhere along the line they rebel and do their own thing.”
Each series is a discrete body of work with its own materials and style of execution. Whilst visually they vary considerably, the themes of fragility and impermanence have been a consistent feature.
Like many artists today he cannot help but be affected by global warming, environmental destruction, Trumps warmongering, Brexit, the rise of nationalism, #MeToo, and the many other things that are changing the world around us. His work reflects this either explicitly of obliquely.