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Art & Life with Charles Ralston

Today we’d like to introduce you to Charles Ralston.

Charles, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I’ve never considered myself as an artist. My story started 12 years ago. My wife and I were going to Alaska on a cruise, and so I invested in a nice SLR camera. After seeing how nice some of the photos from that trip turned out, I started taking more and more photos of every vacation and every place we visited. My wife loved my photos and wanted them hanging on our walls instead of the store-bought art we had hanging up. About two years ago my wife started telling me I needed to try to sell my photography. After a year of her talking to me about it, we decided to start attending craft and art shows to see if anyone would be interested in my photography. After a couple of successful shows, we decided to do a lot more events and offer a greater selection of items.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I am a photographer, and I love taking photos. I love trying to capture beauty in everything I shoot. My large focus has primarily been on photographing animals. I really enjoy getting up as close as possible to capture the faces of the animals. I find it interesting that each of the animals have their own uniqueness and their own personality. I hope my art can accomplish two things: the first is to show the beauty that exists all around us and how every living creature is unique and different. The second thing is I want to make sure that cost isn’t a hindrance to collecting beautiful artwork. Because of that, I price my art at a reasonable price so that anybody can enjoy it. I recently had someone purchase a piece that they were in love with and what they told me was that if it was priced any higher, she wouldn’t have been able to afford it.

How do you think about success, as an artist, and what do quality do you feel is most helpful?
Success to me is hearing people express how beautiful it is and how it touches them. Whether they purchase is irrelevant. I’ve done several shows where sales are not that great, but if my art at least brings them into my space and they look at everything I have available, then it was a successful day. I think the key characteristic is to just love what you do regardless of what others think. Whether or not I sell hundreds of pieces or not doesn’t define success for me, it’s seeing the expressions and hearing from the people what my photography makes them feel that defines my success.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
The easiest way to view my artwork is through my Facebook site and my Instagram pages. My Facebook page lists all of the events, and art shows that I am participating in. I also have a website where people can view my work as well as purchase any prints.

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