CHARLES MacQUEEN was born in Glasgow in 1940, educated at St Aloysius College and then attended Glasgow School of Art. After graduating from Glasgow School of Art in 1965, he embarked on a highly successful career in art education. While he painted and exhibited continually throughout his teaching years, it wasn't until the 1990s that he retired to devote all his time to painting. He was elected a member of the Royal Glasgow Institute in 1983 and the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour in 1984, serving the latter as Vice President for the East of Scotland. Charles has won many awards over a long and distinguished career including the Torrance Award and the Teacher's Whisky Travel Award, both at the Royal Glasgow Institute. He was recently commissioned by P & O to produce two large murals for their new flagship, the Arcadia. By using textured levels of paint and gesso Charles depicts the sensation or experience of a place creating an evocation rather than representation.