Happy Birthday Charles Searles!! Born in 1937, Charles Searles is from Philadelphia. He worked primarily in painted wood sculpture. After serving in the army he decided to pursue a career in art. He graduated from Philadelphia College of Fine Arts and has taught art at several universities. Travel brought him to an understanding of various cultures and his work is representative of his interests in Caribbean, African, Native American and Asian peoples. The piece below is Freedom's Gate (2000) and created from bronze.