It is somewhat ironic that Nashville painter Charles Cox creates sweeping vistas of Venice’s Grand Canal, among other things, in a tiny upstairs room in the Bellevue condo he shares with Joyce, his wife of fifty-two years. Cream-colored carpet covers the floor, and dozens of Cox’s paintings (some in ornate gold frames) lean against walls covered in small paintings, ribbons from art shows, and black-and-white posters of Paris. The Parisian streetscapes and skyline views were blown up from a book and used to decorate the walls of a party room when Cox retired from his illustration job fourteen years ago.

Since that time he’s been painting full time, concentrating on landscapes inspired by trips to Europe or rambles closer to home. Though his scenes of local creeks tend to sell as fast as he can paint them, Cox’s views of the Cote d’Azur and Venice are the real stunners, masterful interpretations of views that have delighted artists and visitors for centuries.

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