Born in Montclair, NJ on Jan. 2, 1899, the son of Mary Robertson Bradbury and John Galen Howard. The Howard family moved to California in 1902. After graduating from Berkeley High School, Charles entered the University of California, where he majored in journalism. While on a summer holiday in Europe in 1924, he met the artist Grant Wood who influenced his decision to abandon a writing career and become a painter. Returning to NYC, he began painting. Although most of his career was spent as a resident of NYC and London, after 1927 he made many trips back to visit his family in California. He exhibited regularly with the San Francisco Art Assn, Galerie Beaux Arts, and with brothers Robert and John. A modernist, his works are often surreal or abstract. During the WWII years he lived in San Francisco and taught at the CSFA in 1945. After the war he returned to England. Howard died on Nov. 11, 1978 in Bagni di Lucca, Italy.