His focus is motivating viewers to seek out a their own intimate connection with nature. To date the work of Van Charles narrates an authentic adventure through the Canadian wilderness. Equipped with a backpack and a camera, he travels to the deepest points of the Canadian backcountry to capture images of nature that will later be digitally collaged, applied to wooden supports and detailed with acrylic paint. This process has been his primary focus since leaving his job as a designer in 2012 and it continues to be what inspires him most.
Moving forward, it is Van’s mission to be recognized as an ambassador for the Canadian outdoor experience through his artwork. He aspires to be recognized internationally as an artist that advocates further understanding of the Canadian wild, while promoting conservation and preservation.
Van’s work can be found as prints in his online store, as commissioned work and in the public realm on outdoor murals.