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Charles David Alexander


Charles David Alexander

Me and Harley 24×18 oil on metal panel


Painting is one of many creative endeavors Charles enjoys. Before he picked up a paintbrush however, he was a successful musician and pilot who ultimately retired as a police detective. As a musician, he performed as a side man on the Grand Ole Opry stage in the 1970s and won the Walnut Valley Festival National Fingerstyle Guitar Championship in 1992. His flying resume includes everything from crop duster to airline pilot and as a detective he became expert in field of computer forensics. While these diverse career choices may seem incongruent, the common denominator is a desire to become expert in each pursuit.

Primarily self-taught, Charles enjoys painting still life and landscapes but he particularly enjoys capturing that special something that uniquely identifies his portrait subjects. He’s fascinated by paintings of the Old Masters as well as many contemporary realist artists but he mostly just likes to paint! He enjoys exploring and evolving as an artist and tends toward everyday items and people as subjects, but always works to bring the subjects of his paintings to life. His paintings are in many private residences throughout the U.S. and current works can frequently be seen at The PAPA Gallery in Paducah, KY. He is a member of the Paducah Area Painters Alliance, Oil Painters of America and the Portrait Society of America. 

Exhibits include: Oil Painters of America 2020 National Juried Exhibition, Fredericksburg, TX 2020; ArtFields2020 Juried art exhibition, Lake City, SC 2020; Discovery Park of America Artist Showcase Solo Exhibit, Union City TN 2019; Hopkinsville Art Guild Pennyroyal Juried Art Exhibition, First Place, McBride Memorial, Hopkinsville KY 2018; Mary R Koch Arts Center National Small Oil Painting Exhibition, Wichita KS 2016; Gibson County Visual Arts Association National Juried Exhibition.

Across from Me
16×20 oil on canvas

16×20 oil on panel

Weeping Willow Pool
16×20 oil on panel

11×14 oil on panel

16×20 oil on canvas

Watching the Sunset
36×24 oil on canvas

San Juan Sunset
40×20 oil on canvas

The Iris
24×18 oil on canvas


124 Broadway St
Paducah, KY 42001, USA
(270) 575-3544

Open Hours

Tuesday – Saturday: 11am – 3pm
Other times by appointment only.
Call (270) 519-3198 for appt.