Charlotte K. Myers


Charlotte King Myers was a lifelong artist, well known for her work in watercolor, oils, intaglio prints, papermaking, collage, and digital printmaking. Her art illuminated issues of human behavior and concern, using surrealism and ambiguity to illustrate the complexities of human existence.


Born in Seattle in 1922, Charlotte grew up in San Francisco and South Pasadena, CA. She attended Occidental College and the University of California, Berkeley, where she met her husband, Edward A. Myers, Jr.


Charlotte was an accomplished pianist who loved music, gardening and travel. Locales rich in cultural heritage, including Guatemala, Bali, and Turkey, exerted powerful influences on her art.


A regular exhibitor and judge at the Laguna Beach Festival of Arts, she was featured at many galleries throughout her career. She studied, produced, and taught art in a variety of settings well into her eighties.


Charlotte's lifelong background as a painter enriched her approach to printmaking, leading to the creation of monoprints, viscosity printing and mixed media (acrylics, pastels, pencil, and torn papers). Both paper and canvas have been used as supports.


Her work was energized since the mid-sixties by papermaking as well; Japanese Gampi paper technique, with its fragile, translucent leaves, has strongly influenced her vision. Mixed media explorations involving drawing and photography led to digital work, and in the early nineties she began exercising her imagemaking in Photoshop on the Macintosh computer. Faced with mobility and dexterity constraints in advancing age, Charlotte continued her artmaking via torn paper collage.


She is survived by her five children and their spouses, 7 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. She is remembered as a loving mother who practiced friendship and hospitality, and who supported and encouraged creativity. Her spirit and artwork continue to be enjoyed by a wide circle of friends.


Note: In the years since Charlotte's passing, the family has endeavored to locate, catalogue and photograph as much of her voluminous (but scattered) corpus as possible. This site is curated by her family, and designed by her granddaughter Kelsey McKenzie. It offers a representative, if not exhaustive, overview of Charlotte's artistic career and legacy. If you have a piece not included here, we would be pleased to talk with you about obtaining a photograph of this work to include in future additions to this site. If so, please contact us.




29th Paper in Particular National Exhibition, Robert Mueller, Juror; Columbia College, MO


On & Off: Art in the Digital Era, Sheila Malone, Juror; Cabrillo College, Aptos, CA


Thirty-fourth Annual National Exhibition of Works on Paper: Martin Mondrus, Juror;


Conflict: Brand Library and Art Center, Glendale, CA


19th International Exhibit, University of Texas at Tyler


LAPS Group Show, Tustin Art Gallery, Tustin, CA


Invitational Exhibit. John Wayne Airport, Orange County, CA


Brand Library, Works on Paper: Purchase Prize, Brand Library, Glendale, CA


National Works on Paper, University of Texas at Tyler


Digital Exhibition, Long Beach Art Association, Long Beach, CA


Second California National, Sacramento, CA: Phil Linhares, Juror


CA Society of Printmakers, Tradition and Transition in the '90s, Somar Gallery, San Francisco, CA


Another Glance: Invitational, Saddleback College, Orange County, CA


Invitational Exhibition; Heinrik Stooker, Art Historian, Curator; Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA


Print Conspiracy: Lankershim Art Center, Los Angeles, CA


California Society of Printmakers Annual, Walnut Creek, CA