Chuck was born in 1978 and raised in North Carolina. His parents, Ed and Liz settled in the small town of King to raise he and his two brothers, Shane and Eddie. Other than watching Bob Ross on TV and taking a high school art class, Chuck didn’t receive any formal art training, but experimented to find his own techniques and methods over the years.
Early on, his grandmother, La Trelle, bought him supplies after seeing a little lake scene he painted on a lunch break at his lifeguard job. La Trelle’s mother, Elizabeth (Chuck’s great grandmother), had dabbled as oil painter, and her western landscape paintings graced many of the walls of the house. His spiritual development was aided by countless teachers and volunteers at Carolina Bible Camp, other youth spiritual retreats, not to mention the influence of his family and relatives.