Charles H. Woodbury was born in Lynn, Massachusetts in 1864. He graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with an engineering degree in 1886 and then went to study at the Academie Julian in Paris with notable instructors Gustave Boulanger and Jules Joseph Lefebvre. After returning to the Boston area, he became a prominent plein-air painter and embraced Impressionism until his death in 1940. Woodbury remains among the most influential artists to work in Ogunquit, Maine and in Boston and a strong influence on art education.
He is represented at the Gardner Museum; Corcoran Gallery of Art; Art Institute of Chicago; Herron Art Institute; Boston Museum of Fine Arts; St. Louis Art Museum; Boston Public Library; Berkshire Atheneum; Detroit Art Institute; Metropolitan Museum of Art; Joslyn Art Museum; Worcester Art Museum; R.I. School of Design; Telfair Academy, Savannah; Colby College; Wellesley Colllege and in 100's of other museums and institutions.
Woodbury painted many scenes depicting Gerrish Island, near Kittery Point in Maine. This is also the home of Fort Foster, one of the last old forts built in the Portsmouth area.