I’ve been an artist and writer since I was very young. Words and images have always been linked for me when it comes to expression and creativity.
Here’s a little intro from me on how I got started painting, why I put words directly on my pictures, and what I mean by “art and faith.”
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I’ve played with different tools and subject matter, but the basic approach has always been the same. I like to paint with vibrant colors that offer a positive, hopeful message. Sometimes this is done with whimsical animals, girls, or flowers and other times it combines words and poetry. For me, art is all about emotion.
A few years ago I fell in love with mixed media. I was able to add words, collage elements, and a variety of mediums that made painting a new journey, one that was about uncovering the image I wanted to convey as much as it was creating it. Adding layers of paper and paint and words felt like the bridge between my art and writing I’d always longed for.
I’ve been influenced by a variety of artists, but my favorites are the emotive works of Vincent Van Gogh and the mother and child paintings of Mary Cassatt.
I use special papers and ephemera along with acrylic paints, oil sticks, pastels, and ink. Very often words combine with the art in some way, either from Bible verses, a thought or emotion, or lines from my original poetry. I encourage people to get up close to my art and see the small details that are included.
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Perhaps the best way to interpret my art is to go to the people who have seen it, purchased it, and enjoyed it.
We have enough negativity in the world, and while we experience ups and downs, I believe art should inspire us in some way.
“This is no simple collection of images. It’s art with a message.” ~Amazon Editorial Review
I believe art should be freeing and no one should tell you how to feel about it, so that’s why I want my art to be accessible, something enjoyable and comforting.
“In reading through Art and Faith, I felt like I was having a conversation over a cup of coffee with Cherie.” ~ Amazon Review
People have told me that my book, Art and Faith, was almost like a devotional for them. Each day they opened it and used the images and message to connect to their spirit and grow closer to God.
“Everything about this artistic book is inspiring, with the creative & delightful artwork, the uplifting & touching stories and beautiful & meaningful Bible verses… In its gorgeously designed pages I found much insight, comfort and beauty, that touched my soul!!” ~ Amazon Review
Cherie is also a poet and freelance writer. Find out more about her.