Anyone lucky enough to know Clayton, New York knows how picturesque this river town really is. Joel Charles shares even more of his beloved drawings of this booming Thousand Islands village. Charles' book, the latest in his collection, is a treasure of drawings of all things Clayton. There are not a dozen or so but hundreds. No matter if a long-time resident or a summer visitor, there will be scenes that you will recognize immediately. For those who aren't familiar with Clayton, after perusing this book, this pretty town will be on your travel bucket list.
In February 2020, Thousand Islands Life interviewed Joel for Meet Joel Charles River Artist.
So, two more Thousand Islands books for your 2023 summer reading! The books are available on Amazon at:
Amazon.com (USA); Amazon.ca (Canada) ;Amazon.uk (United Kingdom) - Drawn to Clayton
Amazon.com (USA); Amazon.ca (Canada) - Growing up Tame, Thousand Islands Memories
And be sure to see Fine Art America which has Joel Charles drawings and paintings which are available for purchase.
About the Author
Joel was born in Plattsburgh, NY and grew up in Clayton, NY. He graduated from Clayton Central School, where his father was Principal for 17 years. He has been a 10th Grade English teacher, an insurance adjuster and agent. He was honorably discharged from the U. S Army after six years of reserve service. While he was an agent with Perry and Swartwood, Inc., in Elmira, NY., he was active in Boy Scouting for 25 years, and Rotary for 20 years. Joel holds the BSA Silver Beaver award, and the Rotary Paul Harris Fellow award. He has been married to Carol Ticknor for 57 years, and he and Carol have two children and five grandchildren. They now reside in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. Joel took up acting, directing, painting and building sets for several theater companies in his eighteen years in Tucson, Arizona. He has continued painting and has sold his work, mostly depicting 1000 Islands scenes. A published author, he has ghost written four novellas, a novel, an autobiographical series of essays about growing up on the river and many articles for the "Thousand Islands Sun."