Charles McBride White was born in Kansas City, Missouri, and grew up in southwestern Iowa. He received his BFA from Drake University in Des Moines. His studies included a year in Florence, Italy, and graduate school in Corpus Christi, Texas. In addition to being featured in numerous galleries around the country, he also participates in several of the highest quality art and craft shows. He has received numerous public and private commissions and his work is in public and private collections around the world.
Nature is my stimulus: the sky, landscape, wind, light, plants, birds, animals, people, and water. I work to imply a feeling of motion and emotion. I do not try to recreate nature in detail, but use its elements to construct my ideas.
I try to communicate these ideas through three-dimensional objects. I work hard at making my sculptures appealing to all people, be it the art critic or the average person on the street. I feel art is for all people, not just those who can afford it. I want my sculpture to stimulate people and to have an inner spirit and a soul. I want to cause people to think and be creative in their thinking.
I work in all media, but my main passion is for metal. Most of my work is constructed in copper, brass, bronze and steel, which I cut, shape, weld, and then polish or patina with various treatments. I like the linear quality I get from constructing metal, as if I am creating three-dimensional drawings. Though my creative energies take many forms, since 1980 my primary focus has been water sculptures. Rather than designing a sculpture into which water is incorporated, I begin with the water flow pattern and create the sculpture necessary to achieve it. The key element to a successful water sculpture is the sound, and creating a pleasant sound requires controlling the water’s flow through and across the metal. I basically design with water.
I try to communicate my own ideas in my own way, and I hope people will enjoy my sculptures as much as I enjoy making them.