Charles Nicolas Sarka (1879-1960), born in Chicago, was an American illustrator and painter known for his genre paintings and city views in watercolor. He apprenticed as an engraver as a child and later became a staff artist for the Chicago Record and then the New York Herald. The artist traveled extensively in the South Seas, Hawaii, Egypt, Morocco, the Caribbean, and Europe. He spent most of his life in New York City, where he worked as an illustrator for magazines, such as Colliers, Cosmopolitan, and Harpers. He was a member of the American Watercolor Society, and his work is in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum and the Whitney Museum of American Art, among others.