Fine Art influenced with a rich rural lifestyle and a great aspiration for the outdoors.
TM Weekes Charlton was born in 1965 in Bismarck, ND. She grew up the youngest of seven in a cattle ranching family in southern North Dakota. In 1976 they moved to Ellensburg, WA to expand their registered show cattle business, this community allowed her art to flourish. Under the careful guidance and encouragement of Ms. Johnson at Kittitas High School, Teddy began school at Central Washington University (CWU) with Cynthia Krieble as an art advisor and professor; with extended influence by Central’s Art department.
During her college years she met and married her husband Mark, they began their cattle ranch and hay farm together just north of Kittitas, WA. Ms. Weekes Charlton graduated from CWU where she majored in Graphic Design and Fine Art with an emphasis in Oil Painting and their first born son on her hip. The business grew with their family of five. It wasn't unusual to find Teddy plein air painting with her children running, playing, and swimming nearby in the beautiful wilderness of the Pacific Northwest.
Teddy sees differently than most artists, as she applies a fine art application to images close to home; friends, and their horses & cattle. She is mostly known for her watercolors and oils, with pastel paintings also supporting her expanding body of work. In addition to special places in the valley, which include memories for her as a painter, a cattleman, an outdoorsman and as a mom; she paints locations from the MidWest to the outer western states.
Teddy’s discipline in “Plein Air” painting is to work outdoors, to paint directly from observation allowing you to capture “local” color and how the eye actually sees it, without lens distortion. Teddy captures the excitement of painting plein air, as her paintings fill your senses with rich color and broad strokes. She enhances her studio work with the knowledge acquired from Plein Air discipline.
It is her hope that her work encourages you to see these locations in person and also as a keepsake, a close reminder if you have experienced them as well. There is nothing like packing a lunch, a camera and fifty pounds of painting gear, to capture a moment in this beautiful life that is reflected anew each day.
About Teddy May Weekes Charlton
500 Terry Francois Street
San Francisco, CA 94158