Charles Rushton has studied photography under Zone System photographers Fred Picker and Oliver Gagliani and photographic portraiture under portrait photographers, Arnold Newman and Rodney Smith.
He has taught photography classes at Eastern New Mexico University, the Firehouse Art Center (Norman, Oklahoma), the University of Oklahoma, Moore Norman Technology Center, and Oklahoma City Community College.
Rushton began taking pictures as a child. He set up his first darkroom at age 11. In his teens, he was a freelance photographer for his hometown newspaper, the Rochester Post Bulletin. From 1976 to 1978, he served as head of audiovisual services at Eastern New Mexico University. From 1978 to 1983 he served as director of district media services for Belen Consolidated Schools in Belen, New Mexico.
Between 1980 and 2002, Rushton photographed 125 New Mexico artists and photographers. The Albuquerque (Art) Museum purchased 84 of these portraits for its permanent collection. Rushton’s works have also been purchased by the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art, in Shawnee, Oklahoma, the Fred Jones, Jr. Museum of Art at the University of Oklahoma, the Oklahoma Arts Council for the State Art Collection and by various private collectors. In addition to his Artists Series, he has worked on other portrait series including, Fathers, Couples, Advocates of the Arts, and Children. His photographs have appeared in numerous periodicals and monographs of regional, national and international importance and in numerous one man and group exhibitions.
Rushton holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Lawrence University, a Master of Arts in Teaching degree from St. Thomas University, a Master of Arts in Library Science degree from the University of Minnesota, and a Master of Fine Arts in Photography degree from the University of Oklahoma. He currently teaches digital photography at Oklahoma City Community College and Moore-Norman Technology Center.