A resident of Arizona, Charles J. Pabst was born to Edwin and Leota Pabst in Santa Clara, California. His family exposed Charles to all things cultural – art, music and theater. At an early age Charles picked up his grandmother’s watercolor paints and began painting. His family traveled extensively developing young Charles’ fascination with the beauty of the outdoors. Charles continues to travel around the world, picking a new destination to explore every year.
Charles keeps his paints clean by using two pallets. He will keep his paints on one, and mix on the other. He uses a combination of pallet knife and brush. Typically he’ll lay in the entire painting’s background and sky first. Then he has to let that dry before he lays in the foreground. It may be days or months later before he gets back to it. He finishes it off with highlights of light and shadow to bring out the drama in the picture.
Raised in northern California, his early influence was from such painters as Russell Swan, a marine artist who painted Monterey Wharf and Cannery Row. During a trip to the Grand Canyon when he was twelve, Charles became captivated with the Southwest and knew that he would return someday. He returned to Arizona to study art at Arizona State University, where he received his degree in Fine Arts. While pursuing his degree, Charles experienced a major transformation in his faith which became the focal point of his life. He intensely believed God not only wanted him to be an artist, but a very good artist, able to paint magnificent examples of His creation for people to enjoy.
It was during these college years that Charles met Christine Gose who was to become his wife in 1973 and the mother of their three children. His family, including his grandchildren are pivotal in his life and in his spare time, Charles loves to relax watching football and playing golf.