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“A Family Legacy” Show – Scottsdale

Saturday, January 23rd, 2016, Old-Town Scottsdale, The Signature Gallery celebrates the Pabst family of artists, “A Family Legacy” with new artwork, refreshments, and live music.  For one special evening on Saturday, January 23rd, from 4-7pm, Charles, Cara, and Michael will be present together in The Signature Gallery, 7177 E. Main St.,in Scottsdale, to showcase new works of art, sign books, and meet with collectors.

2014 marked the 50th year of painting for renowned artist, Charles Pabst, who sold his first painting at the age of 14. An evening event was hosted at The Signature Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona, where hundreds of his collectors attended to celebrate this extraordinary milestone with him.

As a young father, Charles Pabst noticed the inborn talent of daughter, Cara Pabst Moran, and son, Michael Pabst, and mentored them in painting at an early age. Now both grown adults with children of their own, artists Cara and Michael share gallery space and accolades next to their father.


“Sunrise Saguaro” by Cara Pabst Moran

Like their father, both Cara and Michael began painting as soon as they could hold a palette knife.  The palette knife, unlike the brush, could build up a unique thick texture with oil paint, a signature style both Cara and Michael fell in love with after growing up watching their father use it with mastery.

The Pabst family is a tight knit clan. Charles and wife, Christine Pabst, have five children, and the three oldest, Cara, Michael, and Mark, each have 6 children of their own. With Charles, Cara and Michael focused on painting, Christine and Mark Pabst manage the business interests of their 3 galleries (Besides Scottsdale they have one in Laguna Beach, CA and one in Santa Fe, NM).  Charles and Christine’s two youngest children are now out of college and also assist at the studio whenever they can.  Besides their five children, they have a team of employees they consider to be part of their extended family.


“Monument Glow” by Charles Pabst

With family at the center of Charles Pabst’s life, the clan, which includes his five children, their spouses, and his 19 grandchildren, spends a lot of time creating memories by exploring in the great outdoors. These family adventures through nature are the source of Charles’, Cara’s and Michael’s greatest artistic inspirations.  These charming moments of pure joy can be seen captured in every work of art they have painted.


“Aspen Light II” by Michael Pabst

50 Years of Painting

2014 marks the 50th Year of Painting for Charles Pabst who began his life on May 10, 1950, right in the middle of the 20th century. Throughout of 2014 he will be celebrating this 50th year since he sold his first painting at the age of 14.  A beautiful evening event was hosted at The Signature Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona, where hundreds of his collectors attended to celebrate with him this extraordinary milestone. What a joyful and humbling experience!
Charles began drawing and painting as soon as he could hold a pencil or brush and completed his first serious work at the age of 14, which he immediately sold for $50.  He has never stopped painting, and has now moved well into the 21st century, his styles and subjects still evolving with boldness and vision. It is the emotion in his work that has kept his name and remarkable work in the forefront of the art world for decades.

“Thank you to everyone who has allowed me to do what I love!” — Charles Pabst

Outside - 50 Years Show

PAST EVENT – Quick Draw




When a group of the top artists from the various galleries on Main Street in Scottsdale, AZ decided to join each other on beautiful morning for a “Paint Off”, good things happened.  Charles joined the group who painted live for 2 hours, 10am to 12 noon,  followed by an auction!


There were crowds of spectators watching the beautiful pieces being created right before their eyes, who then stayed for the bidding.




Family Painting Together

The Charles Pabst family recently spent a few days at the beach. On one of the days Charles joined his two painter children, Michael and Cara, for an  afternoon painting at the historic Capistrano Mission in San Juan Capistrano.

While each have different painting styles, their use of texture, mastery of lighting, unparalleled talent for color, and underlying sense of joyful optimism remains the same. “It was a delight to see the way we interpreted the same scene,” says Charles.

Watching-MichaelMost known for their textures, brilliant lighting, and gifts for using color, these three artists each possess their own distinct styles and flares, their artworks share the same quiet sense of peace and joy.

As children, Cara and Michael spent countless hours watching and learning from their father, honing their inherent talents and building their own unique styles. It looks like a few of the grandchildren might have inherited some of the artist genes.