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Like so many other artists, Charles Ladson had an interest in art and painting at an early age but didn't think it was something he could pursue as a career.
Ladson's granddad and mom were both interested in the arts: he was a hobby painter, and she was an art history major. Through that she encouraged me, and dad as well," Ladson says. "From a young age there were art books around, and the smell of oil paint and turpentine from granddad's paintings. The smell oil paints hooked me from a young age! I didn't really start painting until later in high school, maybe a little bit at Wesleyan College." He would sign up for art classes taught by Wesleyan faculty and artists around town, but "traditional" college wasn't really for him.
"I failed miserably at college and it dawned on me that I needed to do something more with the arts than I could [where I was]," Ladson says. At the time the School of Visual Arts had a satellite school in Savannah, so he enrolled there. Unfortunately – or perhaps fortunately – for him, a lawsuit between the School of Visual Arts and theSavannah College of Art and Design shut the satellite school down after a few short years and all of the remaining students, roughly 30 total, were sent to New York to finish their BFA degrees.
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