Growing up in New York City and experiencing the atmosphere of one of the great art world metropolis' my life long goal was to be an artist. I esteemed the works of the Old Masters, American Artists, Illustrators and French Impressionists. I found the paintings of my uncle the late Joseph A. Caggiano, quite a talented artist, inspiring.
I completed the Famous Artists Schools Course in Commercial Art, Illustration and Design. All this gave me impetus to pursue my goal.
After moving to Sarasota, Florida the late Arlie Gray, another very talented artist, illustrator and mentor, had an influence on my technique. Art mediums over the years have been pen and ink, pencil, pastel, charcoal, ink wash, acrylic, oils and watercolor. Subjects have been portraits, abstracts, caricatures, still life and Florida coastal scenes. My paintings are in private collections.
Representational paintings are oils on canvas. I try to convey a sense of place and my impression of the observable world.
Abstracts are acrylics on canvas using whatever tools and techniques to accomplish the desired effect.
I have exhibited paintings at The Sarasota Visual Arts Center, Sarasota Art Association, Gallery 41, Siesta Key Gallery, Roundabout Gallery, Selby Public Library, Paradox Gallery and Karchelle's in Sarasota, Pass-A-Grill Art Colony in St. Petersburg Beach, Two Cranes Gallery in Venice, Beauty Shared Gallery in Deland. Entered juried shows at the former Sarasota Art Association.
Charles J. Yates