Charlene Broudy

Charlene Broudy, born in 1952, grew up in California with year-long interludes in Australia. In the 70’s, she traveled, studied and painted in Europe, spending 3 years in London in the lively design environment of The Architectural Association School of Architecture and earning a degree in Art & Design. She returned to California and freelanced as a graphic designer in San Francisco and Santa Barbara. For the next 2 decades, Charlene continued developing as a multi-faceted artist, designing fabrics, logos, brochures, advertising and books. She worked on designs for Architect Sherrill Broudy, the creator of Forms & Surfaces Inc., an international architectural products company headquartered in Santa Barbara. She married Sherrill in 1989. Together they created a unique, award winning resort on 40 tropical acres overlooking the Central Valley of Costa Rica, where guests are immersed in nature, art and design. Xandari Resort & Spa opened in 1996 and a second resort, Xandari by the Pacific, opened in 2007. Charlene created hundreds of works of art in her studio at Xandari Resort for both resorts – paintings for all the villas and main buildings, mosaic walls and sculptures for outdoor areas, plus tapestries (see Xandari was selected by Condé Nast Traveler in their list of the “Fifteen Best Resort Hotels in Central and South America,” second on the list after The Four Seasons Uruguay. When they sold their resort properties in 2012, over 150 works of art by Charlene were included and continue to be an integral part of the guests’ experience at both resorts. In 2012, Charlene and her late husband, Sherrill Broudy, designed a contemporary home and art studio on a ranch in the rural Upper Valley of Ojai, which is now their full-time residence. From July 2015, Charlene opened GraySpace Gallery in the Funk Zone, Santa Barbara, specializing in contemporary abstract art: She closed the gallery in November 2018.

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