A native of Calgary, Alberta, Charley holds an MFA from the Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine and a BFA from NSCAD University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Charley is Regular Part-Time Faculty at NSCAD University where she teaches drawing and printmaking. Charley has also taught at Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick.
As an interdisciplinary artist, her work is primarily drawing, sculpture, and public installation. To date, her work includes large-scale monoprints of historic building facades, intimate portraits of vanishing icebergs and small-scale hand casts that record the space between held hands. An avid explorer, her work desires a direct and sensory experience people and places that become indexically recorded.
Charley has participated in numerous residencies including The Tides Institute and Museum of Art (2017), The Arctic Circle Program (2014), The Banff Centre (2013), The Vermont Studio Centre (2013), Spark Box Studios (2013), Klondike Institute for Arts and Culture (2012).
Charley has been fortunate to receive support from Arts Nova Scotia and has artwork in the collection of the Nova Scotia Art Bank and private collections. In 2012 she received the Charlotte Wilson-Hammond/ Visual Arts Nova Scotia Award and the Lieutenants Governor Award presented by the Nova Scotia Talent Trust. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Charley works out of her studio located in the North End of Halifax.