In the small town of Lake Charles, Louisiana, many years ago in the dark of night, a small baby climbed out of his crib to retrieve a baby bottle fallen on the floor. Bam! Crash! The little baby boy named Charlie fell head first on the floor landing on his head. When his parents came to see what the noise was about, they found him, semiconscious, with a big grin on his face. "From that day forward," said his mom, "Charlie was never the same."

Ever since that day, Charlie's life was never "the norm." At the age of eleven he had his first art exhibition. The results: "Take those down or be kicked out of school. Shame on you," stated his 6th grade teacher. His exhibit of mostly nude and semi-nude females was just too much for this very conservative school. He didn't do another piece of art until about twenty years later.

Spillár's life definitely does not follow the trend of a traditional artist. His life reads more like a Hemingway or Jack London novel, than that of an artist. He has been a highway construction laborer, Fuller Brush salesman, insurance salesman, bottle inspector at a milk plant,oil field roughneck, commercial craw fisherman, and many other such interesting occupations BEFORE he graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a bachelor's degree in Business.

After college he was a purchasing agent for IBM, a marketing director for a commuter airline, Vice-President and director of his own NASD brokerage firm, financial lease consultant, Manager of Sales Finance for a Fortune 500 company, a beachcomer in the Greek Isles, a manufacturer's rep in Seattle, a lighting technician for many years in Hollywood and a screenwriter. It was during the time of a screen writing strike that lead Charlie back into art.

With lots of down time due to the strike, he started experimenting with painting and sculpture. The results: "People loved his unique style and began buying his work." He left LaLa Land shortly thereafter for good and began his full-time art career. With over 150 exhibitions, his work is now in collections throughout the U.S., Europe and Australia. His one-of-a-kind paintings and sculptures are becoming famous for putting a smile on their viewers' faces and can be found in galleries from Park City, Utah, Scottsdale, Arizona, Maui, Hawaii, Healdsburg and Ft. Bragg, California.

Charles Spillár

20401 Lyta Way
Ft. Bragg, CA 95437

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