Charles' love of nature and his interest in art have been two life-long focuses. Gause was encouraged as a child to pursue his interests. He sketched and painted throughout his early years. While in high school he spent long hours completing lessons by mail correspondence from the Art Instruction Schools of Minneapolis MN.
After two semesters of college, during which he studied art history, drawing and design, in 1975, at the age of 19, the artist moved to Alaska. His original intentions were to only stay long enough to earn money for further studies in art. Almost immediately, though, the artist was taken in by Alaska, it's immenseness awed and inspired him, he could not help but pain
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