Charles Syvertsen was born in Brooklyn, New York and moved to Wading River on the North Shore of Long Island in 1968. He started painting in his early teens and received his first formal training at the age of 16. After graduating from high school, he followed in his family’s footsteps and went to sea. After a shipboard accident he was unable to pursue his chosen occupation.
While recovering, he trained in lettering and sign painting and worked in the field for 10 years doing pictorial work as well. He continued to work in oil and watercolor, doing pictorial work and lettering. His love of the water prompted another career change and a return to the maritime industry. He was based in New York Harbor where he worked on tugboats and coastal tankers and held a Masters and Pilots license. After he retired, he began painting full-time and received instruction and encouragement from long time friend, Tom Nicholas, NA, and well-known marine painter Marshall W. Joyce. Both men had a positive influence on his work.
Charles is an artist member of the North Shore Arts Association, Gloucester, Massachusetts, Academic Artists Association, Springfield, Massachusetts, Hudson Valley Arts Association and the American Society of Marine Artists. He has won awards in the juried exhibitions of these associations in addition to The American Artists Professional League, Maritime Gallery, Mystic CT and the Northeast Watercolor Society annual exhibit in Kent, CT. He received an Award of Excellence at the 2007 Maritime Gallery’s International Marine Art Exhibition held at Mystic Seaport. In November 2007 he received the Newington Award for Best Painting in Any Medium, at the American Artists Professional Leagues Grand National Exhibition held at the Salmagundi Club in New York City.