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.

Photo of Cheri on her horse Monarch behind flowers

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.

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      1. Thank you for subscribing. I just was accepted to a how in Florence, Italy called “Horse Utopia!” It’s my first European exhibition since switching from fiber arts to painting. I’m glad you can access my work. I appreciate your comments. When this show is hung and opens, I can start focusing on getting my horse back in shape after the lob holiday: (November-January omg!) I’ve been working out this past week, so I know I will have to bring him back slowly.

  1. Glad to hear that about the Lascaux horses – I wonder how many people make the connection with my avatar?! The caves are about an hour’s drive north of here, though, as you probably know, one can no longer get to see the real drawings.
    Pom and I too are very slowly getting back into shape after a winter pause – but I am sure your exhibition will be well worth all the time you’ve spent on it and away from Monarch – a show in Florence – how fantastic. Will you be there for the vernissage?
    Perhaps a show in France one day?

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