Charlotte was born in 1958 in Zimbabwe. Through her childhood she attended many schools in as many countries from South Africa to Jamaica. She then returned to the U.K to finish her schooling. Charlotte continued to travel through out her life, she’s also known for her cooking as well as her talent for art. She made her home in the The Mill in the Catalan Pyrenees which she and her husband, John, have been gradually restoring.
She has been in the following exhibitions;
Grasshopper Gallery. Norwich 1980
Gallery 24 .London 1981
Victoria Fuller Gallery. Cambridge 1982
Summer exhibition Royal Academy.London 1983
Gallery 24 .London 1983
Foyles Gallery. London 1983
Libertys.. London 1984-5
Sculpture shown at British Institute. Barcelona 1994
´Not So Simple` Furniture Show. With Niall O´Flynn .Barcelona .Bany Nous Shop 1995. Cologne Fair.1996. London V&A 1997.
New York 1998
Show of Left handed prints, drawings and paintings at Hospital de L’Esperança. Barcelona. 2008
El Dolor exhibition, Palacio de Santa Barbara, Madrid for pharmaceutical company Grünethal. 2008
In 2008, January, Charlotte suffered from a stroke (ICTUS), which paralysed her right side (she was a right-hand painter). To a lesser person, this would have become a hindrance on herlife and career, but Charlotte decided to fight it. In her hospital bed, she picked up a pencil and drew everything with her left hand. Hospital de lÉsperança offered to have an exhibition in the rehabilitation floor, which she received many visitors, and was featured in a medical journal and Spanish documentary on people who have had strokes.
During Charlotte’s rehabilitation she produced a number of drawings, below was her first left handed drawing.
“3 weeks after”
Below- “Dolor de la Cabeza” – Charlotte’s first major painting using her left hand.
Charlotte’s story touched me so much because I also have a disabling condition (Hypermobility Syndrome/ EDS III), and one of my main fears is eventually using the use of my hands. But looking at her determination and courage, I find myself not worrying about it any more. Since I’ve seen her story, I’ve been thinking a lot about how I’ve had to push myself through the pain, exhaustion, the frustration and unfairness, I mean I didn’t take it well, I dyed my hair red and cut most of it off. But some one like Charlotte is an inspiration to every one.
Even though she lost her identity as an artist, she pulled a new one back.
An Identity that oozes courage, strength and honour, one that you can see in all of her new work.
All information and pictures are from the website below. You can also find a contact e-mail for her.