This school often produced works with themes of the historic California gold mining days. Charles died of cancer in Columbia, heart of the Mother Lode country, in 1979.
Surendorf originally used woodblock for his prints, but later moved to "battleship" linoleum, which he made even harder by freezing it. He would then use steel engraving tools and engrave rather than cut the block. Between 1934 and 1971, he produced over 250 prints. Art Digest named him one of the top twenty-five woodblock artists in the world.
Among the museums where his work is exhibited are the Oakland Museum and Mills College Art Museum.
Source: Edan Hughs Artists in California 1786 - 1940.