Charles Harrington


Charles Harrington Biography

Charles Harrington is a retired university professor. The diversity of his life and professional experience has given him a unique and perhaps unconventional perspective on the world of fine art. After earning two degrees in architecture from the University of Arkansas, he spent 15 years as a practicing architectural designer and illustrator. It was during this time that he realized his first love had always been fine art.

He then returned to academia, earning a Master of Architecture degree from Oklahoma State University. Upon graduating, Charles accepted a faculty position with the School of Art and Architecture at Louisiana Tech University, teaching architecture courses as well as drawing and water-media painting. Finally he was able to indulge in both of his passions -- fine art and architecture -- in the same venue. Charles taught for 23 years before leaving Louisiana Tech in 2003 to pursue fine art full time. He now devotes his time to painting, writing, and conducting painting workshops.

Charles is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society, The International Society of Acrylic Painters, The National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society, and The National Society of Painters in Casein & Acrylics (recipient of both Gold and Silver medals). In addition to these venues, his work has been shown in numerous other national and regional exhibitions.

Publications include American Artist Magazine, American Artist's Workshop Magazine, American Artist's Watercolor Magazine, American Artist's Highlights, Watercolor Magic Magazine, Artist Magazines, and The Complete Painter's Handbook (an American Artist publication released in April 2012).


Awards include the Fred Albreight Memorial Award at the American Watercolor Society's 127th Annual Exhibition, the Artist's Magazine Award at the National Acrylic Painter's Association Exhibition (2002), and a purchase award at Watercolor USA (2002). Publications include the American Artist Magazine's Watercolor 88, and a demonstration and article in Watercolor Magic's autumn 1996 edition. He is currently preparing a book on acrylic painting for publication by Northlight Books.