Charlene's art journey started at a young age, from the age of 5 until about 15 she used to regularly paint alongside her Granny using oil paints. Charlene went on to graduate from University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree. She has explored a wide variety of mediums including printmaking, charcoal, pencils, acrylics, and watercolor painting. She has recently found a passion for painting with ink and tea.
Born in South Africa, her work is regularly inspired by African patterns and animals.
One of the most significant moments in her life was losing her sister to depression. Following this event, Charlene has made it her goal to release kindness and happiness into the world, usually through her art, but often just by simple everyday acts of kindness, like complimenting a stranger. Having suffered from mental health issues herself, Charlene understands the inner turmoil of feeling depressed and wanting to be happy. Of succumbing to feeling grief but staying in control of those emotions. Her paintings often reflect this conflict. Her free-flowing fluid ink paintings are juxta positioned by the tightly controlled, precise line work she draws over the ink. These ink markings often lead Charlene into a kind of meditative state which helps her mental health on a level that nothing else can. Her aspiration is to bring a positive emotion into the world, be that via her artwork, or her honest demeanor as a human.