Charles Jones Way was born in Dartmouth England and studied at South Kensington Art Schools.
He came to Canada in 1858 and settled in Montréal. While in Montréal he painted in his own studio and provided private tutoring. He also completed some commercial work for William Notman.
Way traveled throughout his life across Canada and Europe. He became a member of the Royal Canadian Academy in 1880.
He painted the Rocky Mountains for the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1898. Shortly after he returned to Europe settling in Switzerland with his family and setting up a studio.
His works, completed in watercolours, were often landscape scenes. He also created portraits, however less common for his practice.
He died in 1919.