As soon as
That talent has been passed on to his son, Michael, and daughter,
Charles, who opened his first gallery in
To commemorate the anniversary of the sale of his first painting 50 years ago, Charles and his son and daughter flew in Wednesday night from
A family affair
A native of
While he was growing up, his family's travels throughout the Southwest ignited his fascination with the beauty of the outdoors. During a trip to the
While attending college, he met and fell in love with
Today, the three oldest siblings are involved in the family business, with Mark as director of the
The younger two, Elizabeth and Danny, are full-time college students who assist in the studio whenever they can. "The younger kids say, 'Oh, Mom, I'll wind up doing that some time soon,'" Christine said.
She added about her children, "They're all very different and they all blend well."
Michael and Cara followed in their father's footsteps as soon as they could hold a palette knife, which, unlike a paintbrush, builds a thick texture with oil paint.
"That's what everybody loves about [Charles]," said
Fry, 28, has known the Pabst family since she was 6 years old. She lived two houses down from the family in
Masters like Rembrandt and Vermeer originally used the technique. Much later, impressionist
Said Fry of one of Charles' original artworks displayed in the gallery: "There is a painting that is over 20 pounds just in oil paint."
Raised on art
Michael and Cara's path in life is similar to their father's.
Michael, who shares Charles' appreciation of the Southwest, sold his first painting in
Michael received his degree in structural engineering from the University of
Cara, a contemporary impressionist who specializes in vivid colors and texture, continued to paint while pursuing advanced studies. She graduated with a degree in art history from ASU and moved to
"They provide my greatest inspiration," she said on her website. "Their innocence and beauty bring me such a depth of hope and joy. I want to speak this joy in my paintings."
The immediate family of seven live within miles of each other. When not watching football games or exploring the outdoors, the trio of painters find nature scenes and moments of joy to capture in art.
"We've got a big family," Christine said. "A lot of them are artistic, and that's what makes us unique."
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