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Charlie Buchanan trained in Fine Art Painting at Falmouth University College in Cornwall before travelling in India and New Zealand and eventually settling in Spain during her 20s. Since 2007 she has been living back in Guernsey, painting and raising her family. Charlie joined the Elizabeth College Art department in 2010 and now combines teaching with painting and family life. Despite her Fine Art background Charlie has always enjoyed narrative and is an avid reader and collector of illustrated books.

Charlie has exhibited in Guernsey, the UK and Spain. In 2013 she published The Soul of the Sea, an illustrated epic ballad version of Victor Hugo's Toilers of the Sea with her husband Magnus Buchanan. Charlie's new book Osmond the Owl boy was originally conceived during her time living in Spain but has been reworded by Magnus and retold by Charlie through a series of new illustrations inspired by the dark landscape of a fairytale Sark. Charlie has once again worked with artist and graphic designer James Colmer to design the book. 

Charlie works in watercolour and ink on a large scale which bridges the gap between Fine Art and Illustration. She enjoys the lyrical, risky nature of these water based media; she embraces the happy accident and the artist's ability to exploit this. Charlie's work also comprises large scale portraiture and paintings inspired by the folklore and magic of Spain and Guernsey. She has a particular interest in fairytales and their power to enchant, and among her many influences are the paintings of Leonora Carrington, the illustrative work of Edward Gorey and the magic of the early photographic image. 

 

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