Artist Bio

Originally from Monterey, California, Charlene Haukom is an abstract artist living and working in Connecticut.  Her works are most often inspired by natural elements spanning both coasts and portray her emotional response to sensory stimulation caused by interactions within these environments. 

With a background in mass communication, journalism, and writing for children, Charlene’s interest in art began when she enrolled in the Children’s Book Illustration certificate program at the Rhode Island School of Design.  While studying at RISD, she became increasingly drawn to painting nonrepresentational and nonobjective pieces, and graduated with certificates in both Children’s Book Illustration and Painting Studies.  

Currently serving as the Northeast Region Coordinator for the Cultural Coalition, a Designated Regional Service Organization (DRSO) for the Connecticut Office of the Arts, Charlene helps to implement the organization’s mission to contribute to the cultural identity, economy and quality of life of eastern Connecticut by advocating and supporting arts, heritage, cultural and business activities and organizations. 

Charlene’s paintings are held in private collections on both the East and West Coasts.  She is a member of the Shoreline Arts Alliance, Connecticut Pastel Society, American Impressionist Society, and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.