Painter, illustrator, etcher, lithographer, teacher and drawing specialist, Charles Wheeler Locke was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1899. He is best known for his etchings and his urban genre portraits and bar scenes. Locke studied at the Art Students League and the Cincinnati Art Academy. He was a pupil of John Ellsworth Weis, Herman Henry Wessel and Joseph Pennell.
He was a member of the Society of American Etchers in Brooklyn, NY; Associate of the National Academy of Design in New York City; the American Printmakers; the American Society of Painters, Sculptors and Engravers; the Century Club in New York City and the Duveneck Society. Locke taught at the Art Students League in New York City. His awards include the Logan Medal at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Tiffany Foundation Award. Charles Locke died in 1983.