Charles Tersolo is from Rochester, New Hampshire, and graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1997 with a Bachelor of Arts in studio art. Inspired by the creative possibilities of the cityscape, he moved to Boston. In 2004, Tersolo was selected to join the Copley Society of Art, the nation's oldest non-profit art association. In 2009, the board of governors unanimously named him a Copley Artist.

Tersolo has been working exclusively as a fine art oil painter since 2003. He now lives and works in New Britain, Connecticut.