Born in Sydney during the Second World War, Charla McAlpine has always been a passionate artist who is now well known for her highly colourful, signature paintings of modern woman's busy cosmopolitan life.

Initially self-taught, Charla was strongly influenced by Donald Begbie with whom she spent many years painting watercolours. Later Charla was also to spend time with well known artist Helen Goldsmith.

By the age of 30, Charla was painting and selling her works to a select clientele. With a young family and as time allowed, Charla continued painting and learning until, in 1980, she became a full-time professional artist.

A teacher of art since 1980, Charla has received many awards for her watercolours and for her now well known, mixed media paintings. She has completed major commissions for international companies and for private clients. Today, Charla is recognised as one of Sydney's leading artists and her paintings are always in strong demand.

"I am striving to express the inner essence of the human environment. I am a colourist, interested in decoration, using surface planes and patterns to convey the mood of the painting. These paintings are of women, whose faces suggest nobody but everybody - joy, sorrow, laughter, contentment. Vignetts of life, my models are mostly family and friends."