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I remember being eight years old and painting with my oil pastel set that I received for a Christmas present from my dear parents. I was in school copying a Christmas card image of a dog with a ribbon in his mouth and a package dangling down from the ribbon. The sister came over to me and asked me if I did that free-hand. I said “what?” as I did not know what free-hand meant. I said I just copied it by sight, but did not trace it. She thought it was very good and told my father.  

I also recall doing a pastel painting of an Olde Philadelphia street scene and putting it into the bin, to see if it was accepted for the school's literary magazine “Dialogs”. I called the painting “November Streets” as it was all browns, oranges, and purples with row houses, street lamps, steps, with a feeling of motion to it. I was delighted that it was placed in the center of the magazine and poetry was written by the students with that title. This was my first Olde Philadelphia painting. 

I enjoy researching old photographs, also using my memories, my imagination and try to re-create a time period of how people lived and worked in times past such as Olde Philadelphia circa 1910, or perhaps in Revolutionary War times including the published broadsides, flags etc. or paint a country scene, or a personal portrait by request.  

My latest adventure is painting in an abstract expressionism style which is such fun to express the emotions of how I feel at a particular time. These painting are done freely and quickly.I also enjoy painting “en plein air” or in the open air - especially when I am sitting on a dock at my favorite Pocono pond, in an impressionist style.  

I am a self-taught artist and have worked in watercolor, acrylics, and pastel on paper and canvas and have been included in many professional shows over the years. 

Also I enjoy working in fabrics, in an “art quilt” style and am currently working on a handmade quilt of Valley Forge circa 1777-1778 which I developed from one of my original paintings of Valley Forge. This has been an on-going project for several years. 

Thanks for visiting this Mcgopa site and please visit my website. If you would like to get in touch, please contact me. 

Thanks very much,

Lois http://www.loisallencharles.com 

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The paintings of Lois Allen Charles are in many private and public collections in the US and Europe. Locally these include the King of Prussia Chamber of Commerce, Upper Merion Township Library, Upper Merion Township Firehouse, Upper Merion Township School District, the local McDonalds Restaurant, State Senator Daylin Leach's King of Prussia office, retired State Senator Connie Williams among others. 

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