“It is not so much where my motivation comes from but rather how it manages to survive.” – Louise Bourgeois


Once in a Blue Moon, 2014, acrylic and oil on canvas, 40 × 64 in


“Triple Play” 2017, acrylic and oil on linen triptych, 34 ½” x 111 ¾”

“Triple Play” is a triptych of acrylic and oil on linen. It is a commissioned work finished this year and now installed in a private home in New Jersey. Its title has several references. In baseball, a triple play is a rare occurrence resulting from a fine tuned coordination of one action to the next. In a similar fashion, the piece is comprised of three panels, each relating to the other and the whole. In addition, only three colors were used in making the painting: titanium white, Prussian blue and burnt umber.


“Four Play” 2015-16


Some years ago Charles Yoder found himself in a pine forest standing in deep snow under a clear sky and full moon. 

The beauty of the dark shadows playing across the sparkling white snow had such an effect on him that he changed from “abstraction” to “realism” then and there. Since that night Nature has been the source of all his work. No theories or schools of art dictate the art making.

What was before him, what lay at his feet provided all that he needed.  His work became the meditation on a glimpse.


“Four Play” Panel 1 of 3


“Four Play” Panel 2 of 3

“Four Play” is a painting that charts the progression of the four seasons, all contained in the course of a single day.  In this way, Spring is Dawn that becomes Summer as Midday that becomes Autumn as Dusk and then Night as Winter.  Its length allows the viewer to experience the additional dimensions of time and space as they walk from one end to the other. It is literally a “walk in the woods” with the spectator becoming a participant.


“Four Play” Panel 3 of 3

See the video below to view the progression of the painting from start to finish.  It’s an interesting insight into what goes on in the making of a painting. 


Charles Yoder’s talk at the Mattatuck Museum 2014