Upon retirement from successful careers in the private and non-profit sectors, Char began exploring ways to express her life’s journey through her canvas paintings and the upcycling of discarded wood pallets.
In 2016 Charlene formed Amagical Art to showcase her art and offer new inspirations for purchase. As a new artist in the community, her work is gaining popularity throughout the Reno/Sparks area as well as nationwide. Her art represents her deep feelings about her life’s journey; it is both a challenge and an outlet; a discipline and a passion. Char’s preferred medium is acrylic paints and she uses many different styles and techniques in her art that creates unique one of a kind pieces. She has her collection series, her upcycled wood pallets, and her work with resin and glass. She is constantly creating and selling her art.
When Char isn’t painting, she volunteers with groups to help animals and children who have been abused overcome hardships from their life’s journey.
Char also promotes local artist’s work by offering advertising and marketing services made available on her website www.amagicalart.com. She understands that emerging artists may not have the resources to create a professional website and she offers local artist’s a dedicated page to showcase their art.
“Imagine you are walking in the woods on a snowy day.
The absolute quiet is intoxicating! The colors of snow, the shadows, reflections; The sights, sounds, and smells fill the air-and always the Light!
Add an easel, some paints, an artist willing to embrace the possibilities of nature and you’re ready for the adventure of painting outdoors: ‘en plein-air’!
I am an artist who is inspired by this challenge. Anyone who has ever walked through a forest especially in Winter has felt its beauty, dignity
and monumentality. Painting is my way of preserving that experience
and sharing it with others.” It’s my poetry and ‘true north’.” Carol Grigus
Whether outdoors or indoors, Luverne’s oil or soft pastel paintings encourage the viewer to participate in her art journey. Glorious colors freely applied to add depth and excitement to landscapes, still life and portraits. She captures the essence of place or face without getting caught up in excessive details.
Three of Luverne’s pastel paintings were included in “The Encyclopedia of PASTEL Techniques” by Judy Martin, released in 2017. The book “Painters of Nevada, 1845-1980” was published in 2003 by Bob McFadden. An updated book with color illustrations “19th and 20th Century PAINTERS of NEVADA” was released January 2020, Jack Bacon, Editor. Luverne is listed in both books and an image included in her pastel portrait in the updated book.
Luverne’s quest for a painting education led her to study with renowned artists/teachers. She enjoys sharing this education by teaching classes, workshops and presenting programs to various art organizations. Her artwork has received Best of Show awards in numerous exhibits and is in private collections. She promotes the arts in our community by being involved with projects for Very Special Arts of NV, Habitat for Humanity, Lymphoma Fund Raiser & Scenic Nevada’s Art in Action.
Reno City Hall, Northwest Library, Spanish Springs Library, No. Nevada Medical Center and Wingfield Spring have presented Luverne’s solo exhibits. She lives in Sparks with her husband and stays busy with painting commissions, exhibits and family.
She has been an active member of Latimer Art Club since 1985 and served as President in 1986.