About

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I am an artist, illustrator, and art educator. Inevitably, each area influences and strengthens the other…a symbiotic relationship, really. As a child, I didn’t imagine the first two careers to be obtainable, and the third I was sure I would never pursue.

I grew up in the prairies of Canada and spent no-school days rummaging through boxes of paper in my parents’ family-run print shop. This routine, filled with paper––and a mother who drew sketches at my request––was the perfect setting for someone who liked to draw.

To study graphic design after high school was a logical choice. I spent the first part of my creative career working in the graphic design industry, honing my skills within advertising agencies, the provincial museum, and design studios.

I never would have imagined all the countries I would live in…and the experience and education that I would commit to along the way. Had I stayed in Canada, it is likely that I would have found my way to the creative balance that I live and love now. In hindsight it seems inevitable.

Education: 
Masters in Education (Honours), 2010
Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours.), 2007
Diploma in Advanced Graphic Design (Honours.), 2000
Diploma in Graphic Design (Honours.), 1999
Private Art Lessons with established artist , 1995-1998

Past collaborations with Qatar include working with:
MIA, UCL, Qatar Museums Family Programmes, Akkadia Press,
Medina Publishing, and various International schools in Doha.

Charlene contributes to and broadens her perspective from friendships and connections within:
Association of Illustrators,
Plein Arts Group, 
and
International Artists of Doha

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The middle one is keenly aware of the photographer.
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Ernesto Neto’s interactive art was my family’s happy place for the duration that it was in Doha.