Charlene Engel lives and works in Gilbert, Arizona, Her work shows her fascination with the Sonoran Desert landscapes of central and southern Arizona.
Always interested in trees, she focuses on Arizona's mesquites and paloverdes. Their convoluted twists and turns suggest all sorts of gestures, emotions and surrealistic relationships. She isolates the trees from their landscape, abstracting and simplifying to emphasize and dramatize the stories they tell. She works mostly in graphite and colored pencil on paper but also makes large acrylic and graphite works on canvas.
Engel has shown widely around the United States and abroad. In Arizona her work has been seen at Sky Harbor Airport, The Herberger Theater, and First Studio in Phoenix; at Taliesin West, the Scottsdale Artists School and the Holland Gallery in Scottsdale, at All Art Arizona at Art Intersection and at the Gilbert Historical Museum in Gilbert, at Vision Gallery and the Chandler Center for the Arts in Chandler, and at ASU Gammage in Tempe. Her work has also appeared in shows at the SAWG Gallery in Williams Center in Tucson. She is a Signature member and former Board member of SAWG, and is a member of GVAL, AAG, AAA, AWA and Art Intersection.
She did graduate work in studio art and received an MA in Architectural History and a Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has taught, published and lectured widely.