After graduating from The American Academy of Art in 1949, Charles Peterson worked in Chicago for Leo Burnett Advertising Agency and for Hart Schaffner and Marx before going on to graduate B.A. cum laude (Phi Beta Kappa) from Marietta College. Charles followed this with an M.F.A. at Ohio University and then two summers post graduate study at University of Wisconsin. He enjoyed a 15-year career as professor and Art Department Head at Marietta College, which subsequently conferred on him an Honorary Doctor of Humanities degree in 1989.
Charles has been an enthusiastic sailor all his life and spent the last year of World War II as a bow gunner on an LST in the Pacific fleet, his life being saved by Harry Truman’s decision to drop the bomb (though he may have had other objectives in mind).
In the 70s and 80s Charles gained national standing doing illustrations for WoodenBoat, Cruising World and Sail magazines. He has probably participated in every International Marine Art Exhibition at the Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport, winning two Thomas Hoyne Awards, one Museum Purchase Award and being listed among the top 10 national painters of signed limited editions consistently through the 90s. Russell Jinishian included Charles as among notable maritime painters of the century in his book Bound for Blue Water and White Door Publishing Co. has published two books of his own, Reflections and Of Time and Place (which won Best of Category Award by National Printers Assoc.).