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Spring Hill Public Library January Artist – Charles George Snoek

[ 1 ] January 8, 2013 |

Charles George Snoek’s appreciation for drawing and creating art started at an early age. As a child, Snoek remembers sketching cartoons and comics for fun. Born June 19, 1929 in Port Arthur, Texas, Snoek is a product of Port Arthur Schools, graduating from Thomas Jefferson High School in January 1947.

It was at Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas that Snoek studied Commercial Art and received his B.S. degree with honors in June 1955. Ten years later, Lamar awarded him with a Phi Kappa Phi Key for his accomplishments in art.

After graduation from Lamar, Snoek joined the Upjohn Pharmaceutical Company where he worked for 34 years. While working throughout the world for Upjohn, he completed 2 stays in Japan, the first time as the Managing Director of a Joint Venture between Upjohn and Mitsubishi; the second was a 5 year stay in Tokyo, Japan where his responsibilities included the coordination of Upjohn’s Public Relations throughout Asia.

During his tenure, Snoek was presented with Upjohn’s highest merit, The William E. Upjohn Award. This time in Asia and abroad gave Snoek inspiration for creating artwork that reflected his love of nature and animals.

After retiring from Upjohn in 1990, Snoek took up oil painting in earnest, specializing in surrealism (the art of producing incongruous imagery in art by means of unnatural juxtapositions and combinations).

His work; mostly forms of nature, encompasses all mediums, but he prefers acrylics, oils, pen and ink, and airbrush; sometimes mixing all mediums in one work.

He currently resides in Spring Hill, Tennessee  and is an active member of the Spring Hill Arts Center (

Mr. Snoek was married for 63 years to the late Charlotte Lunella Snoek. He has 3 children, 6 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.










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