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 Charles Garrett Donovan  (1920 - 2001)

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Biography from ArtSanDiego:
Charles G. Donovan was born in Santa Monica, California on June 10, 1920. He passed away on October 31, 2001 in San Diego, California.

He grew up in Ft. Worth, Texas, where his Father was the President of the renowned Ft. Worth Stockyards. He showed an interest in art at an early age. While in high school he studied with the late Blanch McVeigh of Ft. Worth.

After high school Donovan earned a degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the Curtis-Wright Techinical Institute in California. He worked with Douglas Aircraft in California from 1940-1950. From 1944-46, as a U.S. Marine he continued his artistic endeavors, completing many watercolor renditions of the Japanese occupation. In 1950 he left Douglas to join General Dynamics in Ft. Worth as a Preliminary Design Engineer. From there he transferred to San Diego, California where he retired from his engineering position in 1981 to devote full time to his fine art career.

He studied at the Ft. Worth Art Center under James Steagall. He also studied with Robert E. Wood, Ed Whitney, Arthur Beaumont, and Dong Kingman. He taught at Texas Christian University and U.C.L.A.

During his time in Texas he was a member of the Texas Watercolor Society and served as President of the Southwest Watercolor Society. In 1986 he served as the President of the San Diego Watercolor Society. He was also a member of the San Diego Artist''s Guild and San Diego Art Institute. He achieved Signature Member status at the American Watercolor Society (AWS) and National Watercolor Society (NWS).

While a member of the AWS he won awards and attention for his innovative aerial landscape paintings. He won awards at the AWS annual shows in 1991, ''92, ''94, and at the NWS annual shows in 1989 and ''93. In addition he was an Arts for The Parks Finalist in 1991 and ''92. He is also a "Best of Show" winner with the San Diego Watercolor Society, Southwestern Watercolor Society, and Western Watercolor Federation.

The biographical information is submitted by Gary Stanley, ArtSanDiego.

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