I grew up in the country, my rural upbringing influencing both my aesthetic sensibility and my artwork, a homage to nature's resilience, beauty and diversity. I like to emulate the natural aging process by building up and wearing away paint and various materials on hollow wooden panels, embedding everything from dragonfly wings to prairie grasses at various points during the process. A wide variety of techniques are utilized in my art; pouring a river of ink, creating a photo silkscreen of the night sky, or carving a frog skeleton into a linoleum block. I press collected botanical specimens, and construct small wooden niches to house fragile natural finds like a quail’s egg or a butterfly. I enjoy finding the perfect process for whatever the situation calls for. I taught after getting an undergraduate degree in Art Education, then again after obtaining an M.F.A. I enjoyed it, but slowly became a full-time artist as interest in my work grew. My work can now be viewed in art galleries, the occasional fair or festival, my studio, and through art consultants. My goal is to constantly grow in and through my art. I'd like to inspire, in others, the same love of nature that I experience myself, thus promoting the recognition that we are inseparable from this earth we live in. My work has received national recognition, been shown in museums, and purchased by art collectors, corporations, and hospitals. My greatest reward by far, however, is loading my dogs into the truck and heading to my studio!
Cheryl's ArtPrize Entries
These are Cheryl's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.
Cheryl's Past Work
These are images of past work that Cheryl has done.