A long-time resident of West Virginia, Charlotte C. Gerlach is a professional self-taught artist creating in her preferred medium of oils, or pen and ink. A native of Richmond, Virginia, she is recognized internationally for her ability to capture subjects with photo realistic detail and scientific accuracy, and in a style that appeals to all ages.
In the early seventies, Charlotte relocated to West Virginia with her husband, John, and their three children, Deborah, Philip and Thomas. In 1974 she established Charlotte's Studio while seeing her three children through their school years. With shear determination, hard work and raw talent, she soon established herself as a skilled and well- respected artist earning recognition throughout West Virginia, and in surrounding states.
A turning point for this artist came about when she was featured in an early issue of the “Wonderful West Virginia” magazine. With this exposure her recognition grew. Since that time, her work has been widely published, earning numerous awards on both a national and international level.
In 1985 with the launch of the first issue of the West Virginia Wildlife Calendar, Charlotte became a regular featured artist and cover artist in the calendar having had the honor of having more than 30 works published by the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources.
Throughout her career, she has generously contributed her talent, works, and time to her community, and to causes close to her heart such as People's Hospice, American Lung Association, Duck's Unlimited, Elk Foundation, West Virginia Health Right, Inc., Harrison County Historic Society, and to Food and Friends in Washington, DC, among others. She has been a guest artist at area schools, teaching children sketching and painting.
Her exposure gained her numerous commissioned works, locally to include some challenging and well-known large-format murals for such clients as the Army Corps of Engineers, and The Wilderness Plantation Inn Restaurant Complex at Jane Lew, WV. Regionally, in 2006, she was selected to do three commissioned works of historic properties in Washington, DC, as part of three multi-million dollar real estate ventures by the brokerage firm of Ken Taylor Real Estate, Inc. Nationally, her work was selected for USPS Cancellation Stamps in 2005 and 2006. Internationally, her work was purchased by Lindal Cedar Homes for decorating the Lindal Cedar Homes at the International Expo in London, England. Her work resides in corporate and private collections throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, and South Africa.
You can enjoy Charlotte’s art in select galleries and state park giftshops throughout the state such as Tamarack, and Mountain Made Foundation, and in neighboring states.
For information on Charlotte’s original works, limited edition prints, and custom framing, please call (304) 745-4294, or visit her website at www.CharlottesStudio.com