Born in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains, Charley attended the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary Alberta. Drawn to the deep blue sea she moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia to attend NSCAD University (Nova Scotia College of Art and Design) to focus on a Bachelors in Fine Arts with a particular focus in printmaking. Following graduation Charley worked at the School of Extended Studies at NSCAD University to develop engaging art programs for youth, and continues to be an avid teacher of printmaking and youth courses at the University. Currently, Charley is pursuing her Master's in Fine Arts Degree at the Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine. In the spring of 2012 Charley was the Artist-in-Residence at the Klondike Institute for Arts and Culture in Dawson City, and in the winter of 2013, she will partake in a residency at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT. Charley has been fortunate to receive several grants thanks to Nova Scotia Communities, Culture and Heritage allowing for the creation of large scale printmaking installations.
Much of Charley’s work has been predominantly focused on creating large scale, temporary, site specific, public artworks interacting with historic buildings that respond to the growth and decay of cities. To date, her work has included large-scale monoprints of building facades, which act as monuments documenting a sites’ physical presence before its destruction.