United States (b. 1939)
Charles Simmons, one of eleven children, lived in North Carolina throughout his life. He left
school after ninth grade and worked with his family to grow crop tobacco, going on to work for
the RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company for 35 years.
Simmons started carving wood in the 1970s, typically in the form of dolls given as gifts. After
retirement, he became a dedicated artist, painting and carving a large number of works, and was
later displayed in The Smithsonian American Art Museum.
Asked about his inspirations, Simmons simply replied, “I carve whatever comes into my mind.”