In 2008 I started painting seriously. I paint in a classical realism style from photographs I have taken mostly during my travels with my wife around the world. I paint only because I love to paint. I pick my subject matter primarily so that it challenges my painting skill, making the painting process more fun. This means my paintings do not follow an obvious theme, troublesome to some, but a real advantage for me. One discernible pattern is that I pick subjects that offer somewhat unusual lighting; there may be other patterns, but I will leave them for others to discover. - Charles Hartley

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