With a focus on light, form, and color, my paintings will enliven any space– modern homes and offices, log homes emphasizing rustic or western chic, collectors of western art, animal art collections, and of course equestrians who love horses. Horses, flowers, travel, and nature are subjects I find myself most often expressing. Being outdoors and visually investigating these subjects feed my soul.
Cheri is represented by:
- Backstreet, Montrose, CO
- Gunnison Arts Center, Gunnison, Co
- Redstone Art Gallery, Redstone, CO
- 610 Arts Collective, Ridgway, CO
I am fascinated by the relationship between light and shadow on natural forms; compositions develop as I respond to the interplay of light. I enjoy working in watercolor, mixed media, and sculpture. With watercolor, I seek fresh, unexpected color mixtures through spontaneous wet-into-wet techniques. In mixed media, I develop a lively visual surface, juxtaposing abstract shapes with living forms, while combining color and texture. In sculpture, I capture the spirit of the piece through lively gesture. Regardless of the medium, I preserve a sense of mystery and narrative. My art reflects all that my senses record: the luminous, ephemeral beauty of flowers; the wonder of visiting new places, and of course the noble presence of the horse. My equine art is informed by a lifetime spent with horses in daily care and training. Through observation and touch of a horse’s sinuous curves, tendon lines, muscular shapes, I’ve gained intimate knowledge. I’ve fallen deeply into a horse’s gaze; buried my nose into his coat to inhale his scent; to enjoy his soft, warm, winter fuzziness; I’ve shared his breath. Monarch, my wise and sensitive partner, a Lipizzan X Andalusian gelding, appears in many of my works.
From cultivated gardens to scenic wild lands, I’m drawn to express the beauty around me. In nature I work alla prima to create bright, energetic compositions. As an avid travel sketcher, I record a wide variety of experiences from cities, towns, and neighborhoods; wilderness and nature; festivals, musicians, and street life. All these experiences enlighten my studio work.
Retiring from public education in 2010, Cheri changed focus to develop her personal vision in watercolor. Stir Gallery in Colorado Springs gave Cheri her first one woman show in 2012, pointing her on the path she follows today. In 2013 she entered her first art competition, receiving two patron awards and People’s Choice. In 2014 Cheri embarked on a year-long traveling exhibition, “High Point,” a benefit art show raising over $2K for nonprofits, which showed throughout Colorado. Since 2014, Cheri has exhibited widely in regional, national, and international juried & invitational shows. Along with an active studio schedule, Cheri is a popular workshop instructor.