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 paint the country and wildlife as he saw them.. He traveled throughout the state, painting whenever he could, even working on the North Slope aiding in the construction of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline.
Since he was 21, Gause's art has been his proprietary mainstay. Like most, in the beginning he worked for survival. However, as his exposure to Alaska increased and his painting scope broadened, Charles Gause has become a nationally known artist.
In 1988, Charles Gause was selected as the official fund-raising artist for the well-known Iditarod Trail Race. Each year for 10 years, Gause created a print to honor the efforts of the sled-dog mushers and their teams participating in this strenuous race.
In 2000, Charles released the first giclee in his Tall Ship, Captain Cook series.
Gause paintings are collected world wide and his original paintings are in the permanent collections of Alaska Airlines, ARCO, Sea-Land Alaska., Sourdough Freight Lines, and the Cominico Mining Corporation among others.
Information courtesy of the artist.