C.E. "Chuck" Cordes is a native Texan, educated in Bay City, Matagorda County, Texas. At an early age he
became an avid outdoorsman and enthusiast for nature. Raised along the Texas
Gulf Coast he experienced Watersports, Scuba Diving, Salt and Freshwater Angling, Waterfowl and Upland Gamebird Hunting.
Joining the Boy Scouts of America at the age of eleven he was instilled with the practice of Archery, making primitive bows, arrows and quivers sparking his interests in Native American Customs and Culture. Archery skills evolved in proficiency culminating in the pursuit of hunting small and large Texas game. He still enjoys hunting with his first recurve bow he purchased during his teenage years.
Upon graduation from Bay City High School he attended Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas
obtaining a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree specializing in Graphic Design and Commercial Art. His Studies
included Pencil, Pen & Ink Drawing, Watercolor, Oil and Acrylic Painting, Sculpture, Reproductive Printing
Processes and Photography.
Upon College Graduation ending his Military Deferment for four years and during the end of the Vietnam
War Era, he joined the U.S. Air Force. Enrolling in Officers Training School (OTC) he attended The School
of Military Science Officers (SMSO) graduating as a Commissioned Officer. Initial Active Duty included
Undergraduate Pilot Training with Fixed Wing Squadron in the Air Training Command, serving five years
on Active and Reserve Duties until Honorably Discharged.
As an Artist he began his Civilian Career with Advertising Agencies in the Houston Area. Eventually his
career evolved and as a Freelance Commercial Artist and Graphics Designer for several years represented
individual Clients and Advertising Agency Accounts. He expanded his talents incorporating Commissioned
Works on requests that have culminated into his current interests to include Rustic Subject Matter of
Historical, Native and Wildlife content. Mediums of choice include Pen & Ink Drawings, Stone Sculpting
out of Minnesota Pipestone, Limestone, Alabaster and Flagstone, Metal Sculpting with Copper Plate,
Wood and Antler Carvings. Most Themes depict American Wildlife, Native American Culture or Rock Art
(Petroglyphs/Paleo-Glyphs), North American Archeological Preservations, Folklore and Legends.
Having recently relocated to the Texas Hill Country in Fischer, Texas between Canyon Lake and Wimberly
and with versatility in several other mediums, his future endeavors and interests hope to include
watercolor, acrylic and oil paintings.
His works are currently being represented by the Koch Gallery in Fredericksburg, Texas.