About Charles David Alexander


Painting is one of many creative endeavors Charles enjoys. He is a realist painter in western Kentucky who’s also lived in Seattle WA, Fort Worth TX, and Charlotte NC. Prior to his painting career, Charles was a successful musician and pilot before retiring 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. He also worked as a clinician for Taylor Guitars, Rane Corporation and D'Addario Strings. His flying resume includes everything from crop duster to air ambulance to airline pilot.







After retiring, Charles sat down to paint with his mother who painted for most of her life. He’s principally self taught but has studied with Jennifer Fairbanks, Cleda Curtis-Neal, and most recently David Gray. He also continually shares and learns with his peers. His work demonstrates a keen attention to detail and frequently exposes his sense of humor in whimsical depictions. He particularly enjoys painting still life and portraits and will accept commissions.


His paintings are in many private residences throughout the U.S. and current works can usually 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.



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

Artist Statement

I enjoy realistic depictions of life in art. I choose subjects that peak my interest and they can range from landscapes to still life to people. I’m fascinated by paintings of the Old Masters as well as many contemporary realist artists. I work to achieve lifelike images in my own art and I tend toward everyday items and people as subjects but also like to add fanciful elements to generate humor or mystery. I enjoy exploring and evolving as an artist, but mostly I like to paint!