About the Working Artist
Award-winning artist Charlene Clark is a self-taught painter and sculptor. Her artwork reflects a highly personal amalgam of imagination and memory fueled by a relentless fascination with domestic artifacts, industry and transportation. An obsessive, lifelong collection of ephemera and objects from the mid-twentieth century serves as inspiration. This self-taught painter refers to her style as “anti-academic impressionism”.
“There is an abundance of potent memories inside my head and since most of these images no longer exist in reality I feel compelled to put them on canvas,” says Clark. “I really need to see these fantasies fleshed-out so I can interact with them, at least through the paint,” she adds.
In the 30-plus years of pursuing her art full time Clark’s work has focused on color. For over a decade she was primarily known nationally for her handmade line of papier-mâché animals and shoes. Her client list included Neiman-Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue and high-fashion shoe retailer Stuart Weitzman. It’s been nearly 15 years since she she resumed oil painting exclusively.
Clark began to teach herself to paint and draw while in her former career in television. Her artwork has been represented by galleries and shops throughout the U.S. and Canada. It has been featured in national and local publications including the Baltimore Sun, Better Homes and Gardens, Art Alternatives, Baltimore Magazine,Baltimore Style, and Chesapeake Life and has received national television coverage on Home and Garden TV, PBS and MSNBC.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Film and Theatre from University of Maryland Baltimore County.