Charles Carnahan was born in 1958 in Salem, Oregon, but made his home in Alaska for a number of years since 1961. His interest in art has been with him for as long as he can remember and his early experience with artistic expression was strictly in two dimensional drawing, both with pencil and pen and ink. He started working in three dimensions soon after finishing high school and has been at it ever since.

Along with his interest in art, Carnahan has had a fanatical interest in the out of doors since early childhood. Being raised in Alaska, he has had ample opportunity to view the wildlife and lifestyles of the Alaskan people on a firsthand basis. During his high school and college years, he spent every possible moment hunting, fishing, or fur trapping.

In 1980, Carnahan began making the bulk of his living from the sale of his ivory and stone carvings. In 1986, he saw the culmination of a lifetime goal of becoming a registered hunting guide in Alaska. For the last eighteen years, he has been supporting himself and his family (now numbering 7 members) with a combination of guiding and carving. Mr. Carnahan's work has a worldwide distribution but so far has been sold exclusively in Alaska from Fairbanks to Ketchikan. The work of Charles Carnahan is signed most often simply as "Chuck", or less frequently as "Chuck Carnahan."

At the present time, Carnahan and his family reside in Oregon.