Charles Rodwell studied painting at the Slade School of Fine Art 1974-78 where he was fortunate to be in the last year to be taught by Sir William Coldstream, the Slade Professor and founder of the Euston Road School. Working with other tutors including Patrick George, Jeffry Camp and Phillip Sutton he gained an insight into the painters' world and has continued to paint professionally ever since. He has travelled extensively working in the Far East, India and Sri Lanka.
Having grown up in the Kennet Valley and gone to to Marlborough College, he then lived in Savernake Forest for two years between travels, renting a cottage for £500 pa. He taught at the Marlborough Summer School for 20 years and now lives near Calne with a large studio in the garden which overlooks panoramic landscapes.
His paintings reflect his close assosiation with the Marlborough Downs and the surrounding countryside, painting 'plein air' in the landscape both in watercolour and oil. In contrast he has recently accompanied groups of painters to India and the experiences and memories from these trips gives him plenty of inspiration to create large colourful oil paintings and figure compositions.
He runs small painting workshops from his studio in the Summer and visits schools for drawing workshops.