Growing up on the beaches of Southern California, riding horses and hiking the trails in Malibu and the Santa Monica Mountains, Rudolph grew up with a love of nature.
From her earliest years she drew and painted the things she loved most. Rudolph always knew that art and animals were her direction in life.
Rudolph lives on a small ranch in the Mountains of Tehachapi California where she paints in her studio the connection, she has experienced with her animal partners.
Her grandfather was the original Tarzan in silent films and in her early years she was a commercial actress. In addition, Rudolph has written and illustrated several books, and she loves to facilitate drum circles.
In school Rudolph accelerated in art. She took every class she could take experimenting with a variety of styles and artistic forms. In college she took classes to teach children art and when she founded her nonprofit Healing Horses & Armed Forces, she learned how to use art therapeutically to help veterans returning from war.
In 2017, she dramatically changed her medium and style from realism to bright, vibrant, colorful, contemporary paintings. She soon realized that the heart connection between animal species, and animals and humans was the subject matter she was most passionate about painting.
That heart connection was the main therapeutic service she had offered people who were in transition. After her nonprofit closed, she wrote a book about how the heart connection can transform people’s lives called, “The Art of Facilitation with 28 Equine Assisted Activities.”
Rudolph’s technique is totally unique, and her paintings are one of a kind. Her medium is Alcohol Ink, and she paints on synthetic paper. Alcohol inks are brightly colored dye-based paints that offer unlimited, creative potential. The technique originated in Europe and was introduced in Canada only a decade or so ago. To reach the desired consistency, the paint can be altered by adding more alcohol or pigment. Alcohol ink on synthetic paper is hard to control. You have to learn to go with the flow which is also a lesson about life.
Rudolph has always favored art with a native vibe. Georgia O’Keeffe, John Nieto, Malcom Furlow, are her three favorites.
Rudolph belongs to the Inyo and Mono county art councils and she was an art docent for the round valley school district. She has won several awards at various art shows for her paintings and has been featured in the Xanadu Art Gallery Catalog. In addition, she was a featured artist at Crossroads Gallery in Tehachapi, CA.
Rudolph strives to show the world in a different light. Her vibrant colors and subject matter make people smile. At the different shows where she has exhibited her art people have told her that they find joy when they look at her paintings. Which is exactly what she strives to do. Charisse truly is an artist with heart. That is why she has been coined the “heartist”.