Artist Charles Tryon

Charles Tryon

Artist & Sculptor

      I have had a passion for clay and sculpture for as long as I can remember. Growing up in a very technical and science oriented family, some of my fondest memories are still of summer pottery classes at the local art museum. In college, I turned toward mathematics, and over the next 35 years, followed a career as a Software Engineer. However, I never forgot my love for art and beauty.

      My work communicates on different levels, from the utilitarian to a simple reflection of the beauty I see around me. It may express a response of hope or fear or love, or the reality of light or darkness. Or it may simply reflect the little child at play. Clay becomes a language to express thoughts, emotions, or insights for which I have no words.

     As much as I love to create, I also treasure the opportunity to teach others to experience that same joy. Young people are naturally drawn to clay. With a little bit of instruction and encouragement, they quickly gain the confidence to create something of value. In clay, the art flows naturally from their active imaginations.

     The underlying thread in my journey has been growing to understand what it looks like to integrate the truth of my relationship with Christ and my expression as an artist. I am learning to let my creative process reflect the complicated dynamic of Faith – something which is not always pretty or positive or well understood, but which carries underneath it the reality of Hope.