Charles (Chuck) Fulkerson, Jr. grew up in Waterbury and Roxbury, CT. Inspired by his father, Charles Sr. a “Sunday painter,” Chuck began drawing and writing at an early age. His life-long obsession with railroads has been fertile ground for hundreds of drawings and paintings and two books.

He is an award-winning journalist, with his work being honored by the AP, UPI and SDX. The Wisconsin State Journal newspaper sent him around the state reporting and later illustrating articles. That sparked a brief illustrating career. Subsequently that career morphed back into writing, culminating as Copy Chief of the Reader’s Digest North American Promotion in New York.


Fulkerson’s interest in capturing everyday people and places in his Drawing, Watercolor and Pastel Diaries is a direct offshoot of reporting days.


Chuck received a BA degree in anthropology from Stanford University where he studied watercolor with famed California watercolor landscapist, Daniel Mendelowitz. He also took classes at Hamden’s Paier College of Art.

Fulkerson’s art and/or writing has appeared in Reader’s Digest, Railfan & Railroad, Classic Trains, Stanford magazine, Great American Steam Trains, Parragon Publishing and more than 100 First Day Cover cachets for the Postal Commemorative Society.

As a copywriter his clients include Consumer Reports, Reader’s Digest, Publishers Clearing House and RR Donnelley.


Libby and Emmett, his two adult children, were raised in Newtown and live in Boston.


Chuck Fulkerso Painting in Newtown, CT

Chuck Painting on Newtown's Main Street with Dog Elmer

Photo by Kendra Bobowick, Newtown Bee

Chuck with Son Emmett watching trains, Horseshoe Curve, PA

Watercolor on Paper