Mr. Charles’ work tells stories about different phases of his life or things that he has encountered. Each piece is as unique and special as he was. When you take the time to really look at a piece of his work it appears as if it comes to life. I told my oldest son that gazing at a piece of Mr. Charles’s work is more interesting than watching television.

In those days you could often find him at his studio painting. He has taught me not to put limits on myself where my work is concerned. He was hard working but he believed in having fun. Celebrating life! He said he painted in order to sustain life. That has been one of the most valuable concepts I have learned from him. He didn’t believe in comparing yourself to others either. He believed in being who you are and being the best person you can be.

Mr. Charles, in my humble opinion, is one of the best artist of the current age. He was real, down-to-earth, and he loved people. He had a passion for life and overflowed into his life’s work. I believe the world is a better place because he was a part of it.

Mr. Charles asked me if I would write the forward for his book. I gladly accepted the task. I had no idea his life would pass before his book was completed. It’s painful anytime someone you love or care for passes. Mr. Charles is no different, with the exception that there are pieces of his soul on canvas that are scattered across the country. Different pieces of his heart and his wife’s work, these are pieces of him that will move on for capturing that one moment in time when he was alive and well. What was he thinking when he painted this particular piece, what emotion was he experiencing and how did he feel?

Carmen Wilkinson, McComb, Mississippi Artist

Excerpt from Moments In Time: The Art of Charles R. Crossley, Sr.