Charlie painting a plein air study on a snowy peak above Vancouver, BC

How do you describe success?
Charlie Easton: Success comes in many different forms. Of course I need to pay the mortgage, so recognition and sales are important – it’s also important to me that my art spreads wonder about the natural world, so we learn to value it and protect it. However, on a selfish note, success is leading a fulfilled and inspired life. And I feel that most when I get into a state of flow – when my hard-won technical knowledge somehow appears unprompted in a painting, allowing me to better describe an elusive light effect, a movement, or a form in a way that accurately articulates a time, a place or an emotion. It doesn’t always happen, but when it does. Mmhmmm.

What is the best thing about being an artist?
Charlie Easton: The adventures, and the room for continuous growth. There is always something to get excited about, and areas in which we can grow, technically, conceptually and personally. I nerd out on other artists’ work, I hike, ski and paint in sublime natural environments, and I’m building relationships in the art world that I highly value. My day-to-day deals in constant inspiration – I feel pretty lucky.

To see more of Charlie’s work, visit:

oil painting of sunset with strip of mountains in the background; mainly sky painting
Charlie Easton, “Arrival,” Acrylic on Canvas, 30 x 40 in., 2023. Painted on location at the end of the day – winner of Best Plein Air Acrylic, Plein Air Salon, March 2023
oil painting of mountain range; abstract look with mountain
Charlie Easton, “Humility at Lake Lovely Water,” Acrylic on Canvas, 48 x 60 in., 2022. Being dwarfed by the immensity of the rock and ice in the Coast Mountain Range near Whistler, BC


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