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Artist Charles Ewing


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Charles, a versatile artist with diverse interests in media as well as subject matter, is known for his figurative paintings of people, wildlife and nature. Along with his extensive use of oils, he works in a unique medium of his invention known as Claybord. He has also been instrumental in developing new printmaking techniques and enjoys the third dimension of bronze sculpture.
Charles was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico and now resides near the South San Juan mountains of Southern Colorado. An avid outdoorsman, Charles' paintings of nature and wildlife come largely from personal observation; each year spending many weeks on horseback in the nearby wilderness areas. Travels in Latin America and Europe have also offered much inspiration for his work. He is collected widely and shows in several Southwest galleries. About Claybord "The invention of Claybord as with most new products was developed out of necessity. I loved the scratchboard drawing technique, being able to create highlights by scratching off the black ink to expose the white clay underneath, however the traditional scratchboard left much to be desired as a fine art surface. It was much too fragile both in the versatility of technique as well as in framed presentation requiring one to glue the thin cardboard to a flat stiff hardboard to keep it flat and to protect the soft surface with glass. I was able to eliminate these problems by developing a clay coated panel which, unlike scratchboard, would readily accept very wet applications of watermedia such as India ink washes without hurting the clay layer and which could simply be varnished and framed without glass like an oil painting. I made these panels for my own use one or two at [...]

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