Born in Falkirk, 1957, Charles studied at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee, (1978-1982), under artistic luminaries Alberto Morrocco and David McClure. He became known for uniquely styled pastel drawings and in 1989, his work ‘Anstruther Sunset’ was selected for the Laing Exhibition in London.
During several visits to Italy, Spain and Portugal in the mid 1990’s Charles found fresh inspiration excited by the warm light and rich colour of the Mediterranean. Embracing a newly enriched palette which would galvanise his own distinctive trademark style, ‘Monteith’ has gained a reputation as one of the most original contemporary landscape painters in Scotland today.
Along with his partner and fellow painter, Pam McBride, he has established his home and studio in Dundee and his work is included in a number of corporate and private collections worldwide.