Born in Devon in 1973, Charlotte Atkinson grew up developing a love of the sea and the spectacular southwest coastline. She now relives her childhood through her personal portrayals of the surrounding environment.
After completing her secondary education, Atkinson attended the Hereford College of Art where she trained and studied to become an illustrator. Following this, she enrolled in a similar but higher level course at the University of Derby.
Not long after she graduated, Atkinson moved North where she took up the role of Artist in Residence at an Arts Centre on the Scottish coast. She soon established herself and began taking on commissions to create original artwork. It was at this time she decided to become a full time professional artist.
Atkinson’s great work ethic helped her become a very prolific artist, exhibiting in Inverness to London, New York and Dubai. In 2002, she was nominated for the best ‘Newcomer Artist Award’ and in 2003 ‘Best Up and Coming Published Artist Award’.
There’s no doubting Atkinson’s ability with her mesmerising mixed media paintings with their dream-like quality. You are drawn into the fluid surface of the canvas, while appreciating her deceptively simple technique of combining oils, inks and pastels to shimmering effect. The sweeping lines of the South Devon Coastline are clearly evident in her work too. This is very important to Atkinson as she readily admits: “I have painted with the ambition of escaping into the dream I am creating on the canvas”.
Most recently Atkinson has become Artist is Residence at the Overbecks National Trust property back in her native Devon at Salcombe where she has been employed since 2013.