A native of Calgary, Alberta, Charley holds an MFA from the Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine and a BFA from NSCAD University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Charley teaches traditional and non-traditional approaches to drawing and printmaking at NSCAD University and Mount Allison University.
As an interdisciplinary artist, her work is primarily drawing, sculpture, and public installation. To date, her work includes large-scale monoprints of historic building facades, intimate portraits of vanishing icebergs and small-scale hand casts that record the space between the body and it's surroundings. An avid explorer, her work desires a direct and sensory experience within a location that becomes indexically recorded.
Charley has participated in numerous residencies including the Arctic Circle Program (2014), The Banff Centre (2013), The Vermont Studio Centre (2013), Spark Box Studios (2013), Klondike Institute for Arts and Culture (2012).
Charley has been fortunate to receive support from Arts Nova Scotia and has artwork in the collection of the Nova Scotia Art Bank and private collections. In 2012 she received the Charlotte Wilson-Hammond/ Visual Arts Nova Scotia Award and the Lieutenants Governor Award presented by the Nova Scotia Talent Trust. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Charley works out of her studio located in the North End of Halifax.