Charmaine Ortiz attended Savannah College of Art and Design on the Combined Honors Fellowship which facilitated her completion of dual graduate degrees in Art History (MA) and Painting (MFA). In 2011, SCAD recognized her with the Encore Award which honors the top three MFA Exhibitions from the previous year. In 2012, Ortiz was awarded the Work Exchange Award and an Artist Grant from the Vermont Studio Center to create new drawings. Ortiz has exhibited her drawing based works both nationally and internationally. She currently lives and works in Carolina Beach, North Carolina.