Charlotte Terrell began her arts education in Columbus, Mississippi, where she grew up with an admiration for fine art, and historical architecture of antebellum homes. Their finely adorned construction and works of art were Charlotte's introduction to 19th century painted finishes. Her work in mixed media is grounded in century's old painted finishes, and trompe-l'oeil techniques.
After receiving her degree from the University of Georgia, she began work as a landscape architect for New York City Department of Parks, while continuing her education at Parsons School of Design. Charlotte apprenticed with master finisher, Ina Marks, of the Isabel O'Neil School of Antique and Art Restoration, to learn the craft of mid 19th century decorative painting.
Charlotte’s techniques have naturally translated into fine art with a tactile nature using plaster and polishing the surface. The result reveals layers, pools of juicy paint, and glossy, translucent surfaces.