Charles Wish began his artistic journey investigating California theme parks and escaping to the cornfields and music subcultures of the San Gabriel and San Fernando valleys. He would often find his formative years marked by memorable statements of self-expression and imagination.
A core of Wish's significant paintings pair South-Asian religious symbols with classic Americana or seminal works associated with Grant Wood and Thomas Hart Benton.
The artistic impulses behind Wish’s work, like the vision of "Tantric gods and goddesses having intense relationships with Regionalist landscapes on canvas," would first manifest themselves in the mid-1990s. These two distinct schools of thought are described by the artist as, "primary characters in my differed visual vocabulary."