Bembridge artist, Charlotte Hodge Thomas, was born on the Isle of Wight in 1968. She took a keen interest in art from an early age and left the Island after school to continue her training as follows...

1986-’87 Foundation course at Portsmouth College of Art. Distinction.
1987-’88 BTEC National Diploma in General Art & Design at Southwark College, London. Distinction.
1988-1991 Textile Art degree at Manchester Metropolitan University. First Class (B.A.) Hons.

For almost ten years (after graduating in 1991) Charlotte exhibited widely as a Textile Artist; creating unique embroidered wall-hangings and fabric art collages for public art commissions and private collections. She received prestigious awards from the Crafts Council of Great Britain (becoming a Selected Maker) and the Prince’s Youth Business Trust, and in 1997 a piece of her work was purchased for the Embroiderers Guild Permanent Museum Collection at Hampton Court Palace, where it is still housed.

During this time Charlotte also taught Life Drawing at Manchester Metropolitan University and later Portraiture, Life and General painting classes at Bromley Adult Education Classes in Kent.

Since moving back to the Island in 2001 Charlotte has focused on Fine Art painting. Re-inspired by her surroundings she has developed a bold, vivid style of capturing the essence of the Island with acrylic on canvas.

Charlotte paints mostly marine, coastal and landscape imagery but also enjoys painting abstracts, still life and nudes. She exhibits her work regularly on the Island, including in the annual IW Open Studios, at Quarr Abbey Gallery and at Seaview Gallery. She has has undertaken both private and public commissions, such as x 14 canvases on a 'sea' theme for a seafood restaurant in 2005. In 2010 Charlotte received International recognition for her Fine Art painting when she became a finalist in the Aesthetica Creative Works Competition with her painting entitled Long Ledge Dawn. In 2012 Charlotte won First Prize at the Landscapes of the Isle of Wight 28th Annual Exhibition, held at the Coach House, East Dene, Bonchurch, with her painting entitled Forelands Beach Huts.

In March 2015 Charlotte was delighted to become a selected a member of NAPA - The National Acrylic Painter's Association... a prestigious organisation of fine artists specialising in the use of acrylic paint.