Joan Charles

I once heard my art described as “sweetly sinister”. It is true that I’ve always been drawn to the mysterious. After all, even the sunniest days have a little darkness - the deepest shadows are cast at high noon. I guess that dichotomy is reflected in my work, along with the desire to convey emotion and to capture that elusive moment when something momentous is about to happen.

I’ve created art for children's books and magazines and now paint pictures for galleries, exhibitions, and for private collectors in my little studio in Santa Monica, California.

In Defense of Letter Writing
O - how lovely to open your mailbox and find a card or a letter nestled within. Unlike texts or emails, you can paste a cherished missive into a scrapbook or tuck it inside your favorite book. There it will remain, waiting for you to rediscover and read it someday in the future. 

I was inspired to create Raven and Renn, my own line of illustrated greeting cards, in support of the gentle art of letter writing, My cards are available on Etsy and in select stores.

You can also find my prints and (sometimes) original art on Etsy at JoanCharlesArt.

Exhibits and Shows

Tiny Treasures + One, Cactus Gallery's 13th Annual Small Works Show
Frankenstein Meets Little Women, Group Show, South Pasadena Public Library
Affair of the Arts, Art Fair
Girls Group Exhibit, The Whole 9 Gallery
Loteria IV! Group Show, Cactus Gallery
Cactus Gallery 13th Anniversary Show, Cactus Gallery
Patterns Group Show, Cactus Gallery

Tiny Treasures XII
Group Show, Cactus Gallery
Dia de los Muertos
Group Show, Cactus Gallery

All Manner of Madness Group Exhibit, the Upstairs Gallery at Century Books
Three Artists Group Exhibit, the Upstairs Gallery at Century Books
Montana Avenue Art Walk

The Secret Garden, Group Exhibit, Hive Gallery
Group Exhibit, Hive Gallery
Montana Avenue Art Walk

Homegrown Group Show, Roberts Art Gallery
Montana Avenue Art Walk

Tarot Group Exhibit and Limited Edition Tarot Deck Artist, Hive Gallery
Lullabies & Nightmares Group Show, Hive Gallery
Harbinger Book Launch and Exhibit, Hive Gallery
Circus, Circus Group Show, Hive Gallery

Small Wall Featured Artist, Hive 6th Anniversary Show
Tarot Group Exhibit, Hive Gallery

Priceless Group Exhibit, Hive Gallery
Alice in Wonderland Group Exhibit, Hive Gallery
Illustration West 48, Society of Illustrators, LA

Westside Illustrators Group Exhibit, Chemers Gallery

Love Letters Group Exhibit, Lunar Boy Gallery

Once Upon A Summertime Group Exhibit

Westside Illustrators Group Exhibit

Select Clients

New Moon Magazine, Scholastic UK, Boyds Mills Press, Dover Publications, Spider Magazine, Tumblehome Press, McGraw Hill, Scarletta Press, Los Angeles Times

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