Charles Cornelis worked for 15 years an illustrator and graphic designer in New York City at a renowned advertising agency prior to moving upstate where he was recruited to build an art studio for a large company in Kingston.
He studied painting at the Art Students League in NYC and The Woodstock School of Art. His influences come from the impressionists and expressionists of the late 19th and early 20th century and is now heavily stimulated by the creativity of the Hudson Valley. He works primarily in oil, with brushes and palette knife. His explosively colorful monochromatic fruit series was recently shown at Remedies Gallery in Brooklyn, NY. He paints expressive landscapes (hay fields and beaches) and is currently working on an abstract Geometric Series. Recently he illustrated and helped author a children’s book, KNOW YOUR VEGETABLES.
A true renaissance man, Charles is also a musician and can be heard locally playing electric bass for Sin City and upright bass for The Sunburst Orchestra.
He currently lives in Bearsville, New York where he moved with his wife in 2002, to raise their 2 children.