I’m just a gal that loves to paint! When I first started painting for a living, I realized how incredibly fortunate I was to be able to follow my heart and also play with colors all day – how fun is that? All I wanted to do was make people happy with my art. The first time I was picked up by a gallery I couldn’t believe my luck; when all my artwork sold in one month I was shocked. And it has been that way for most of my art career.
It didn’t start out like that. I spent over 20 years in the computer industry and owned a consulting company. I even worked on the Space Shuttle and had a VIP invitation to the first Shuttle launch sitting next to Neal Armstrong! It was a great journey and I learned a lot. But in working hard, we sometimes lose sight of our families and the love surrounding us. In the end, that’s what's important, and I can feed that love with my art. My greatest joy is to have someone let me know that my art is bringing a smile to their face or helping them remember something wonderful.
Being selected as an American Established Contemporary Abstract Expressionist Artist, represented by a founding member of Sotheby's on line art auctions, led to receiving one of the highest honors an artist can achieve - being a Listed Artist. In 2004 I became a Listed Artist in “Mayer’s International Auction Record”, a book from Zurich, Switzerland. This book (sometimes referred to as the "Dead Artist's Book" since Rembrandt, Picasso, etc. are in it) is used by international art collectors and museums.
My artwork is published worldwide and prints and licensed products have been sold in stores such as Bed Bath and Beyond, Linens and Things, Saks Fifth Avenue, Michaels and many more. My martini and wine images have been licensed onto over 20 products such as glass cutting boards, hatboxes, notepads, etc. My art has also helped raise $600,000 for ovarian cancer research. I've been featured on PBS, and had articles in many publications. My art has been featured at eight Disney EPCOT Food & Wine or Flower & Garden Festivals, where I was invited to show and sell my artwork in the Festival Centers, and in 2007 I was the EPCOT Flower & Garden Festival Poster Artist.
In 2012 I developed a line of art kits for retail sale, that include the preprinted canvas, paints, instructions and everything you need to create art in your own place of choice taking as much time as you wish.
One of my proudest accomplishments is being named a Partner with Kid's Beating Cancer where, through my artwork I am able to enrich the lives of children going through chemo, radiation, and some waiting for bone marrow transplants. This year, I donated a 7 foot 3-D mural to their Treatment Room at Florida Hospital children's wing in the Kids Beating Cancer Pediatric Transplant Center. I hope to make the children smile and forget their problems for a moment.
What a great journey this has been so far!
For more information, my website is cheriart.com