Charles Morris has been a working artist since 1979 and has made a career as a portrait artist from an early age. In high school he began receiving commissions from the residents of his hometown, Springfield, IL, including current US Senator Richard Durbin. As an independent artist whose reputation spread by word of mouth, he has taken commissions from patrons across the country, working in oil, acrylic, watercolor, egg tempera, or pencil. His creative interests have led him to numerous projects in diverse media, including art installations in Iowa City and New York City; web sites such as ArtStyleGenerator.com; 3D design, including the layout for the dimensional-view landscape for Rose Frantzen's “Portrait of Maquoketa”; and interior design, including plans for the renovation of Maquoketa Art Experience.

1979 to present: Commissioned portraiture in oil, acrylic, watercolor, tempera, or pencil in collections including those of U.S. Senator Richard Durbin, Ford CEO Alex Trotman, SFX CEO Robert F. X. Sillerman, Trappist Caskets, and the University of Iowa College of Law.

1984: BFA, St. Louis University.

1993 to present: On-going series of portraits of children in which the children are painted into their own artwork, which they create with the portrait in mind.

1996 - 2001: Directed and produced multimedia art events in Iowa City at Anonyme Gallery and NYC at Soho Think Tank Gallery, bringing together artists, musicians, writers, and actors to create live, interactive installations. Each event was centered on a theme suggested by the time of year in which they were presented (Halloween, Valentine's, New Year's).

2002 to present: Showing drawings, paintings, and sculptures at Old City Hall Gallery, in Maquoketa, IA.

2005: “…to a head…” a large-scale multimedia installation with paintings, illuminated transparencies, text, and music for the Dubuque Museum of Art, with contributions by artist Rose Frantzen, composer John Frantzen, and writer Joseph Lennon.

2008 to present: Vice-president of the Board for Maquoketa Art Experience

2009 and 2014: Designed with Rose Frantzen the first and second edition of the “Portrait of Maquoketa” book

2010: “What Figures to be Art” exhibition at Maquoketa Art Experience

2012: “Drawing in Cafés” exhibition at Maquoketa Art Experience

2013 to present: Creation and development of ArtStyleGenerator.com, a site that provides artists with inspiration for new works of art with 11 dials that each cover a unique category of stylistic elements, allowing artists to receive a random generation of style, bringing up a new combination of stylistic elements, one of 48 billion possible stylistic approaches possible on the site.

2016: “Saint Placebo” exhibition at Maquoketa Art Experience