Charlie Buchanan is an artist and illustrator based in Guernsey in the British Channel Islands. She gained a BA (Hons) in Fine Art from Falmouth University College before travelling extensively and painting in Spain for a number of years. She has exhibited in both solo and group shows in the UK, Spain and Guernsey.
Charlie’s work, although painterly in size and ambition is illustrative in its close relationship to stories and their power to conjure other worlds. The large scale of many of the paintings (generally A1) means they work as discrete images weaving their own spell but can also work as part of a narrative. Watercolour and ink provide her images with the lyricism of the ‘happy accident’ as pigments move, swirl, flutter, congeal and grow into an image on the paper.
Charlie finds inspiration in Literature, early photography and the magic of storytelling. She has developed a deep interest in the beauty of the book since childhood and has now published two of her own with her husband and co-creator Magnus. For Charlie, making an image is about entering another world and coaxing it to life from within: painting for her is a physical dance across the paper where the joy of the imagination has no bounds.