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About Charles David Alexander

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Painting is one of many creative endeavors Charles enjoys. Before he picked up a paintbrush however, he was a successful musician and pilot who ultimately retired as a police detective. As a musician, he performed as a side man on the Grand Ole Opry stage in the 1970s and won the Walnut Valley Festival National Fingerstyle Guitar Championship in 1992. His flying resume includes everything from crop duster to airline pilot and as a detective he became expert in field of computer forensics. While these diverse career choices may seem incongruent, the common denominator is a desire to become expert in each pursuit.


Primarily self-taught, Charles enjoys painting still life and landscapes but he particularly enjoys capturing that special something that uniquely identifies his portrait subjects. He's fascinated by paintings of the Old Masters as well as many contemporary realist artists but he mostly just likes to paint! He enjoys exploring and evolving as an artist and tends toward everyday items and people as subjects, but always works to bring the subjects of his paintings to life. His  paintings are in many private residences throughout the U.S. and current works can frequently be seen at The PAPA Gallery in Paducah, KY. He is a member of the Paducah Area Painters Alliance, Oil Painters of America and the Portrait Society of America.


Oil Painters of America 2020 National Juried Exhibition

Fredericksburg, TX 2020

ArtFields 2020 Juried art exhibition

Lake City, SC 2020

Discovery Park of America  Artist Showcase Solo Exhibit

Union City TN 2019

Hopkinsville Art Guild  Pennyroyal Juried Art Exhibition, First Place, McBride Memorial

Hopkinsville KY 2018

Mary R Koch Arts Center  National Small Oil Painting Exhibition

Wichita KS 2016

Gibson County Visual Arts Association  National Juried Exhibition

Trenton TN 2015, 2016


Murray Art Guild Exhibition  Visual Evidence Juried Exhibition

Murray KY 2016


Ice House Gallery  Impressions Juried Art Exhibition

Mayfield KY 2014, 2015, 2016


artEAST Gallery  Mystical, Magical Ravens National Juried Exhibition

Issaquah WA 2014

The PAPA Gallery

Paducah KY


McCracken County Public Library

Paducah KY


Southwest Art, May 2020

American Art Collector, May 2020

Fine Art Connoisseur, May 2020

Charles David Alexander and Loran Guy under Thinking painting
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