The Art of Charlie Aldrich and Donna L. Aldrich

About the Artist

Charlie Profile

I am always inspired when I see a dissolving billboard. They offer random fragments of letters, partial slogans and parts of faces thrown together with patches of color and line. This reflects how I see the modern world of images that surround me. My art attempts to explore this process of entropy and decay as it interacts with areas of discreet rendering and decoration. I enter into a dialogue with the elements of texture, composition, color and subject. I seldom begin with an end in mind, but look to the process of making a piece to guide me toward a product that records my wrestling with these elements. Many times it is only at the end of this process that I sense the meaning of the work emerge. Thus the dialogue begun during the process of painting continues even after the work is completed.

Compositionally, I use areas of color as markers which give the surface a kind of rhythm, along with stressed surfaces and conventional shapes (i.e. targets, faces, circles, shadows) to set up a field where they may resonate.

Most of the recognizable imagery in my work comes from objects that I have grown attached to, often things that have been in my family for generations. The figures and portraits are usually from my imagination and come from a long love of drawing. I try to use my titles as a collage element in my paintings. They act, not always as a description, but as a discovered scrap added to the mix.

Perhaps most interesting to me is how our visual and psychological fields intersect and bring forth unanticipated and compelling images. Often, while looking at one thing, I find myself thinking of a phrase, or seeing a face drift across my mind. Seldom do I see anything without other images intruding. I am striving to approximate these perceptions in my work.


Palette Contemporary Art & Craft
7400 Montgomery Blvd. NE, Suite 22
Albuquerque, NM 87109


  • Advanced Study – Education (K-12 Art Endorsement) – Northern Arizona University 1981-1983
  • Advanced study – Art & Art history – University of New Mexico Fall 1977
  • Bachelors of Art in Printmaking – Oral Roberts University 1972-1977


  • Tulsa Public Library, Tulsa, OK
  • Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, OK
  • Church of Epiphany, Flagstaff, AZ
  • Church of Our Savior Episcopal Church, Pinetop, AZ
  • St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Springerville, AZ
  • Oblates of St Benedict, AZ
  • Round Valley Public Library, Eagar, AZ
  • Camp Gray Catholic Chapel, WI
  • St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, AZ


  • Rhetoric of Redemption, Book Cover Illustration, Peter Lang Press
  • Bardean Gallery Award of Excellence, 9th Annual 2011 Encantada!
  • Emerald Spring Juried Exhibition, Special Recognition, Cash Award Winner
  • A Green River Reader, A Frontispiece Map, University of Utah Press
  • Magdelina Arts Council, Art in a Box- 1st Place
  • St. Peter’s Catholic Church Web Site, Springerville, AZ
  • Arizona Science Teachers Association Round Valley Teachers Association
  • Second Annual Midwestern Printmaking I Drawing Competition – Cash Award Winner


  • Palette Contemporary Art and Craft, Albuquerque, NM – Summer 2016
  • Spring and Summer exhibition, New Mexico Cancer Center – 2012
  • Tri, Tri, and Tri Again, Fuller Lodge Art Center, Los Alamos, NM – Summer 2012
  • MasterWorks of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM – 2012, 2013
  • La Juanta Galleria, Bernalillo, NM – 2012 to present
  • Encantada!, Albuquerque, NM – 2011, 2013
  • Portrait Society of America New Mexico Art League Exhibition, Albuquerque, NM – 2011,2013
  • Will McNabb Solo Exhibition, Flagstaff, AZ – 2011
  • Apache County Public Library Mural, Eagar, AZ – 2010
  • Will McNabb Solo Exhibition, Flagstaff, AZ – 2009
  • North Country Health Care Mural, Springerville, AZ – 2008-09
  • North Country Heath Care Mural, St. Johns, AZ -2007
  • 4th Biennial National Print Exhibition, NAU Art Museum, AZ – 2008
  • Apache-Sitgraves NF Supervisor’s Office Mural, Springerville, AZ – 2007 – 2008
  • Emerald Springs Juried Exhibition, Springfield, OR – 2008
  • Los Alamos Arts & Crafts Fair, Los Alamos, NM – 2007
  • White Mountain Historical Society Art Show, Springerville, AZ – 2006
  • Monks Comer, Santa Fe, NM -’05-present
  • Round Valley Fine Arts Association, Eagar, AZ – 1997
  • Episcopal Church of Epiphany, Flagstaff, AZ – 1980
  • Flagstaff Public Library, Flagstaff, AZ – 1979
  • Second Annual Midwestern Printmaking, Drawing Competition, Tulsa, OK – 1977