Chuck Prudhomme was raised in East Africa on the plains of the Serengeti National Park and the jungles of West Africa. His father inspired him artistically as he was a wildlife photographer and had an uncanny eye for composition. Upon leaving Africa, the family settled in Exeter, California. Here, he spent twenty-one years flying helicopters for the US Army and the US Coast Guard from a myriad of locations throughout the world. He went on to fly emergency medical helicopters and fire suppression helicopters. After retiring in 2002, he began his career as a full time artist.
Chuck is primarily self-taught, except for regular attendance at oil painting workshops with a variety of renowned oil painters including: Craig Nelson, John Budecin, Ned Mueller, Ray Roberts and Kathleen Dunphy. He prefers Plein Air oil painting where he tries to capture the essence and spirit of the area. He travels extensively painting on location around the country. He also paints in studio using photographs and memory as a reference. He prefers to paint in a loose quick impressionistic styles, rather than photographic realism. He especially enjoys the application and tactile quality of thick oil paint with bright expressive color and visible brushstrokes.
A selection of awards, publications and distinctions for Chuck include: Works accepted in 10 national juried shows. In 2007, he painted an image of Whiskeytown National Recreation Area on a Christmas tree ornament for the White House Christmas tree and attended a reception hosted by First Lady, Laura Bush. Finally in, 2011, Awarded Best of Show at the Casa Grande, Arizona Plein Air festival.
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