Charlene George

Charlene George received her B.A. and M.A. degrees from Ball State University. Her M.A. studies revolved around the techniques of the old Renaissance masters, such as Rembrandt, Reubens, Van Dyke, and Michelangelo. Her oil paintings utilze several of their painting techniques, such as glazing, sfumato, and chiarsocuro. She has been exhibiting professionally since 1976, winning awards in various exhibits including Hoosier Salon and the Indiana State Fair. In 2009, George was juried into the Indiana Artisan program for both her oils and pastels.

I enjoy painting Franklin County scene, just as J. Ottis Adams, T.C. Steele, and William Forsyth did in the late 1890s. These artists stated that the villages of the Whitewater Valley had an old-world charm, which inspired them to paint the rivers, mills, and towns. This area with its rural farms, river scenes, and rich history inspires me the same as it did the Hoosier group painters. As T.C. Steele was quoted in The Passage, “The Whitewater and the numerous creeks make it a broken country which suits our purposes. The hills, beautiful in summer, grow richer and richer as the autumn advances, giving us days of haze and mist and glory.”