After doing his National Service in the RAF from 1955 –1957, Charles spent 37 years styling automobiles for Ford Motor Co. (Europe), designing such cars as the MkI Cortina, Corsair and MkIV Zephyr/Zodiac. He took early retirement in 1986 and turned to his lifelong interest in aviation and model building.
He is a Full Member of the British Guild of Aviation Artists (G.Av.A.) and served as Chairman from 1997 to1999. He is also an Artist Fellow of the American Society of Aviation Artists (A.S.A.A.), a Master Artist of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), Oshkosh, and a Member of the Canadian Aviation Artists Association.
He has won the prestigious "James V. Roy Award" for the best painting in show on two occasions, his paintings are in private collections worldwide, and his work has appeared in book form (Wings: 50 WWII aircraft paintings) and in numerous art and history publications.