Studied Fine Art at Leicester College of Art & Design. After graduating she spent 18 months in Mauritius with the International Voluntary Service as an artist. On her return to England she established a partnership working in property renovation and interior design using her skills to produce the architectural drawings and artists impressions of projects undertaken.
In 1982 she formed a business in conjunction with her sister, a silversmith, working closely with her producing a range of etched brass bowls, door plates etc. A bowl produced by them was accepted by the Victoria & Albert Museum for its permanent collection.
In 1990 in commemoration of the evacuation of Dunkirk she produced a Limited Edition of 150 pairs of brass etched coasters. Edition No. 2 was presented by her at the opening of the Dunkirk Exhibition in Dover to Winston Churchill MP grandson of the late Sir Winston Churchill. Edition No. 3 was presented to Major General Ramsay son of the late Admiral Ramsay who masterminded the Dunkirk Evacuation in 1940. Edition No. 1 was accepted by H.R.H Prince Philip the Duke of Edinburgh.
Cheryl lives in Sandwich where she has a custom built studio in her garden. Quiet unspoilt places are her inspiration and she shares these with her English Setter and her sketch book.
In June 2003 she was elected as a member of the Royal Society of British Artists and in March 2004 was elected a member of the Pastel Society.
President of the Pastel Society 2012 - 2016.
Her work has been exhibited throughout the UK and France.
I am a landscape painter because the countryside is the place where I feel most at ease. I do feel it is possible to have a spiritual connection with the natural world, and I hope that my paintings reflect this.
It is good to be humbled by nature and what better than a vast and powerful landscape or a mighty oak tree to do just that. Mankind needs to learn his place in the grand scheme of things. We have an amazing world around us, which survives in spite of all we do to destroy it. If one painting can communicate some of this magic, then a miracle has occurred. On another level, the natural world has its own symmetry. To me, as an artist, it is a matter of following the rules of that symmetry, and the painting will create its own conviction without the aid of photographic realism.
To draw the landscape is the point of contact. It is the most important part of the process --- the catalyst for the final work.
‘Willi Hoffman-Guth Award for Colour and Light’, Pastel Society
The Brian Sinfield Gallery Award.
The Henri Roché Pastel Award.
The Girault Pastel Award St Aulaye France. (One work purchased for the Pastel Museum St Aulaye)
The Artist’, March/April 2009
Featured Artist, ‘Pastel Journal’, USA, December 2008
‘The Artist’, December 2002
The Artists Magazine December 2002 *
The Pastel Journal, Cincinatti USA December 2008
The Artist Magazine March/April 2009 *
The Artist Magazine March 2010 *
Pratique des Arts Feature article October 2010
The Artist Magazine September, October and November 2010 *
The Leisure Painter 2011
The Artist Magazine January, February and March 2012 *
Kent Life February 2012
Artists & Illustrators July 2012.
The Artist Magazine September 2013. *
‘Green Art: Trees, Roots and Leaves’ by E. Ashley Rooney
Published by Schiffer Publishing USA. 2013
The Artist Magazine Summer Edition 2014. *
Pure Color published Spring 2019
The Artist Magazine March 2018. * 'An Acrylic Adventure'
The Artist Magazine March 2019 * 'Exploring the Landscape with Pastel'
(* Articles created and written by Cheryl)