Artist's Statement: I paint in oils, pastels, watercolors, and acrylics. I do paintings of landscapes, people, city scenes and wildlife.
I'm not one to stick with a single medium or type of subject matter. I'm always searching for fresh new way to express myself. I've
found that learning is a lifelong process and the joy of learning is always there for the taking. I graduated from the Ivy School
of Professional Art and have also taken workshops with many other fine artists. I thank them all for the knowledge and inspiration
that they have shared with me.
Born 1946 in Somerset, PA, I grew up having a strong passion for drawing and painting: after graduating
I moved to Pittsburgh, PA and enrolled at the Ivy School of Professional Art in 1965. This was the Vietnam War era and after completing
only one year at Ivy I was due to be drafted. Instead I opted to join the United States Marine Corps and served one tour of duty in
Upon my return from Vietnam I completed my education at Ivy and graduated in 1969. After graduation I worked as an industrial
display designer for Lewis Displays, then moved on to designing record album covers for Gateway Recording Studio in Pittsburgh. I
then decided to try my hand at freelancing and I opened a small art studio in downtown Pittsburgh where I worked as a photographer
and graphic designer. At this time I was offered a position in the art department at the South Campus of the Community College where
I worked as an instructor for ten years. Since then I have worked for several local recording studios that produce music CDís. I was
also involved in web design at my brotherís computer business in Somerset, PA. While working in Somerset I became involved with the
Somerset County Artists Association where I served as vice president and then president of that organization. I still enjoy and take
various painting workshops, belong to two plein air art groups, and enter local juried art shows where I have been fortunate enough
to sell some of my works and even win a few prizes. I have spent time studying with one of my former Ivy art professors, John Del
Monte, in Lucca, Italy. I plan to keep painting and improving my skills, spending time with fellow art lovers, sharing ideas, and
promoting local and regional art and artists through this web site.
Charles S. Percherke