Charles Rowland works in various media, including watercolor, gouache and acrylic. He has lived in the Columbus, Ohio area since 1970 and currently resides in southern Delaware County A watercolor artist for over40 years he is both an active artist and teacher. His work has won many awards in Ohio area exhibitions and can be found in private and corporate collections throughout the United States. His work is represented by The Canoe Club Gallery, Port Clinton, Ohio, The Terra Gallery, Columbus, Ohio and various exhibitions around the state. He is past President of the Worthington Area Art League, a signature member and past secretary of the Ohio Watercolor Society, Central Ohio Watercolor Society, Central Ohio Plein Air Painters and the Worthington, Ohio Art League.
He was featured in the February/March 2004 article “Master Painters of the USA” in International Artist Magazine. His work is included in the 2012 hard cover book “The Best of American Artists–Watercolor “.
His work is characterized by strong design and a solid approach to the technical fundamentals of the medium. While avoiding photorealism, his painting style captures the essence and emotion of the subject while involving the viewers’ imagination in its’ interpretation. In a recent review the Columbus Dispatch characterized his work as having “the soft gauzy look that is often characteristic of watercolor but it also has a strong graphic quality”.The choice of subject matter is diverse ranging from seascapes and landscapes to still lifes and portraits. An avid sailor, his work is often based on nautical themes which frequently are taken from his Great Lakes and Chesapeake sailing experiences.