Born in northern British Columbia, Rod Charlesworth moved to Kelowna at the age of seven. Originally influenced by surrealism in his earliest paintings, he attended Okanagan University College in the 1970’s where he discovered the Group of Seven and impressionism. This inspired his keen interest in experimenting with colour and the physical qualities of paint. Although acknowledging his education and technical training, Charlesworth still considers himself a self-taught artist.
Engaged with and aware of the extensive history of Canadian landscape painting, Charlesworth is committed to providing his viewers with a refreshing, often celebratory, approach to the landscape. His work consciously comments on beauty and the ephemeral within the landscape through a manner of mark making that is unique to his visual vocabulary.
“I must say that if I waited for a bright shaft of light to awaken my artistic senses and stir me to create, I would probably have created nothing. What initially inspired me to paint was how we all see the world differently. I wanted to strike my own visual language that could be used to portray the Canadian landscape in all of its rugged subtleties.”