Cheryl’s passion in studio art has been watercolor painting since her undergraduate college work.  She paints spontaneously, often feeling as though the paintings “paint themselves.”  She then enhances the complex shapes created when the transparent colors overlap.  Her style embodies freshness.  Jeweled colors create a multi-layered effect that has a ‘sparkling’ quality.  Her favorite motifs are Northwest flora and fauna, Italian genre scenes and architectural subject matter.  The paintings in the Italian series represent the artist's interpretation of famous monuments primarily in Venice and Florence.  Her focus is to capture the light, color and essence that these historic cities conveyed to her.

Cheryl works out of her studio on the banks of Clear Creek, southeast of metropolitan Portland.  She has taught numerous watercolor classes and is a member of the North Clackamas Arts Guild.  She exhibits widely and has won numerous awards on her watercolors.

Cheryl was a high school art teacher for many years in Oregon and in the midwest.  She holds a BAE and a Masters Degree in Art Education.  Cheryl spent a sabbatical year in Florence, Italy doing post graduate study in art history with emphasis on the Renaissance period.  She received a grant from the National Art Education Association in 1998 for integrative curriculum design.