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Charles Munn - Fine Artist

Charles Munn

Fox Island, WA - United States

 
 
 

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Charles Munn

Fox Island, WA - United States

Charles Munn - Fine Artist

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Short Bio:
As a teen, I toyed with sculpting, but painting took over. I worked with, and learned from some very good artists. 'Wrote a couple of books, Paradise Now and Becoming The Thinker: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0738803952/qid=973109424/sr=1-3/103-1156231-7357428 Showed and sold in the USA, England, Europe and parts of Asia. Became a full time painter in 1977. Still at it and will probably continue until I die.
I now work out of my Fox Island, WA, Studio/Gallery. Each of my prints (Gicless) are limited to 10 editions.I

Long Bio:
Sketching people and places is a natural, childlike thing. Yet, unlike most children, I couldn’t give it up. I was captured by the form of a thing, which may explain an early interest in sculpting. A high school art teacher entered one of my pieces in a state art contest. To my great surprise, that poor little alabaster sculpt won a blue ribbon as well as a ticket to a traveling Van Gogh exhibit.
I was overwhelmed by Vincent's intense color and became driven to learn to paint. Although I didn't try to sell anything until my late twenties, the struggle is a wonderful, consuming obsession. The first painting I sold probably covered 5 or 6 less successful pieces. Even today if you buy one of my paintings, you may be getting layers of multiple abstracts, which, until recently, I didn't have the courage to display..
Early on I made a living doing other things, but the need to paint was always there. I even sold a few pieces while reluctantly flying with the 19th Air Commando's in Vietnam. Later in London I showed a few pieces in Wynn-Morgan's Master/Student exhibit in Earl's Court, London. Wynn-Morgan's patron, the Duchess of Bedford, opened the show, insuring good exposure. But most importantly, Wynn-Morgan, R.A. taught me how to avoid making mud. My color became purer and I moved on. At that time form still trumphed color in my work. After years of struggle I finally see that color is more important than form.
Yet faces were still fascinating and I sketched likenesses of anyone willing to sit. I finally became a full time painter in 1977. Portraits became my bread and butter, especially quick 18 x 24 pastels or charcoals on Canson paper. I also painted more formal portraits on canvas, in oil and/or acrylic.
In 1980 Wife and I launched a homemade 36' sailboat from Corpus Christi Texas. We even made the sails, then moved aboard and sailed around the Gulf of Mexico. We came ashore in various coastal towns along the way. I'd often hook up with a gallery and do portraits on-the-spot, occasionally selling one or more of my more colorful paintings, or sometimes a formal portrait. Five years later we came ashore in St. Petersburg Fla. I opened a gallery and Wife did another BA, then another Master's. The years flew by. In 1992 we got antsy, packed it in and moved up here to the Pacific North West. We now live on Fox Island in Washington. Wife is still locked into her career, and I'm still painting. It rains a lot, but it finally feels like home.

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Echo Bay Three by Charles Munn

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Gravity Spawning The Universe by Charles Munn

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Exotic Birds Of South America by Charles Munn

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Captive Birds Of The Rain Forest by Charles Munn

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Captive Birds And Abstracted Rain Forest by Charles Munn

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Captive Souls Dreaming Of Home by Charles Munn

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Happy Is But A Mask by Charles Munn

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Moon Light Toucans Two by Charles Munn

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Dreaming Of A Rainforest Moon by Charles Munn

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Brazilians Jailed For Life by Charles Munn

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The Light On Honeymoon Bay Fox Island by Charles Munn

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Crows by Charles Munn

Plato's Cave Of Strange Light by Charles Munn
 

Plato's Cave Of Strange Light by Charles Munn

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Florida Heat by Charles Munn

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Libby and Friend Libby and Friend by Charles Munn

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If All Fish Could Fly by Charles Munn

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Good Harvest by Charles Munn

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Pacific NW Light #1 by Charles Munn

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Sheppard by Charles Munn

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The Princess and Mount Shuksan by Charles Munn

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Ancient Greek by Charles Munn

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The Beachcomber by Charles Munn

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Grandpa Peterson by Charles Munn

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Death Warmed Over by Charles Munn

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Stoic by Charles Munn

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The Waders by Charles Munn

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The Basket Weaver by Charles Munn

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Spring In The Cascades by Charles Munn

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Pacific NW Light #3 by Charles Munn

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Her Last Pot by Charles Munn

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True Self Verses Ego False Self by Charles Munn

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View from the nest by Charles Munn

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Warrior by Charles Munn

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In The Shade by Charles Munn

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Skagit Valley Tulip Field by Charles Munn

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Chief Two by Charles Munn

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Graduation by Charles Munn

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Thirtieth and Cedar by Charles Munn

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Lake Steilacoom by Charles Munn

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Washington Koi by Charles Munn

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Wife On A Bronze Cow by Charles Munn

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