Annual Exhibitions & New Publications

Annual Exhibitions & New Publications

It was a great pleasure to work with CreativPaper Magazine on their recently released issue, Volume 002, Issue 008. I think the final publication is beautifully curated, and I’m proud to share space with so many other amazing artists. Please check out my 8-page featured interview in either the free digital download, or purchase the print edition for a small cost, http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/1430063.

I’ve also completed the second painting in my new body of work, titled South Dakota Skies. This oil painting has been featured in the 2018 Annual Members Exhibition at the Art Association of Jackson Hole. Always a fantastic show of local artists, this exhibit runs through April 1st. 

Lastly, I’m currently working on a commission that has stretched my creative abilities in new ways. I’m embracing the discomfort of this new growth, and excited to be producing a special work to wow my clients. I’m trying to keep it quiet, but here’s a little sneak peak work-in-progress now that the layout is complete – much work left to do!

Winter Workshops

Winter Workshops

Happy Winter Solstice and beyond! It has been a very busy season closing out 2017. I was privileged to partake in the Jackson Hole Art Association’s Annual Holiday Sale, along side many other wonderful local artists. These two paintings were created for the event, showcasing landscapes of the Gros Ventre River at sunrise, and the Tetons at Dusk. 

I have also been teaching a variety of community art classes,  including a fun seasonal-themed art lesson to ESL parents through the Teton Literacy Center.

Lastly, my new body of work, Water & Sky, has one painting completed and another just begun. Below is the completed Hoback River Braid.  The transparency of the layers are not done justice by these photographs, and I hope to do some professional high-res photos in the new year.

The second painting in its beginning, titled South Dakota Sky: 

More to come in 2018! I’ve got a commission to focus on in the early part of the year, and many inspiring road trips coming up that will surely inspire more paintings.

American Artwork 2018 Edition

American Artwork 2018 Edition

 

I’m so proud to have participated in this beautiful publication by American Artwork, fresh off the press last week, and distributed nationally to galleries and collectors. This juried catalog features amazing artists in all medias. Additionally, I’ve completed an interview with CreativPaper and looking forward to that publication coming out at the end of 2017.

This summer was a very successful Jackson Hole Art Fair, where I was able to meet so many different kinds of artists and patrons. I’m back in the studio at the Art Association of Jackson Hole, teaching fall watercolor classes, and brainstorming for some winter painting workshops as well. This fall I began working on a new series of paintings, inspired by the natural beautiful of my current home, Jackson Hole. This series, thus far imagined as “Sky and Water,” gets back into representational painting and has been so much fun to work on Below is a work in progress based on a ledge of the Hoback River.

I also have a painting commission that is coming up for 2018, and have been given full creativity within the parameters of “bucolic” – I can’t wait to develop this work in a way that uses my love of perspective play and surrealism while creating an idyllic scene.

I have gone back to working at the interior design studio full time, which has allowed me a more flexible schedule for painting, skiing, and kayaking. This winter season is looking to be a productive one for both the sports that I love and the art that I make. I’m looking forward to posting photos of new works within the coming months.

The Studio Project

The Studio Project

This Friday May 19th, 2017, the culminating exhibition for The Studio Project will take place from 5:30-7:30 at the lobby of The Art Association in Jackson Hole. The National Museum of Wildlife Art sponsored this 12-week project that allowed me to teach nine high school students how to oil paint. I was lucky enough to be featured on the front cover of the Jackson Hole News & Guide’s Arts Section, highlighting my work with the students and the upcoming gallery reception. You can read the article here.

I’ve also accepted opportunities to have my work shown in American Artwork’s 2018 curated gallery catalog, and CreativPaper’s “Best Of” gallery book being released at the end of 2017.

Lastly, I have been gathering my thoughts and resources for the last push of creativity before the Jackson Hole Art Fair coming up this July 7,8, & 9th. The prints have been ordered, the fabrics chosen, and the ideas stirring for a variety of crafts to be sold in addition to original paintings. Time is going to creep up on me fast for this event, so for the next couple of weeks I will be in full production mode until I take a hiatus to travel back to Vermont in mid-June. It’s been a lovely spring season so far. Hopefully more updates to the Flow section of this website to come soon, as that body of work is developing nicely.

Jackson Hole Art Fair

Jackson Hole Art Fair

It has been a busy winter working and skiing everyday at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, teaching painting classes at the Art Association, and organizing fabric library. Living in Jackson, WY has presented more wonderful opportunities than I can juggle.

Spring and summer are shaping up to be just as busy. I will be teaching evening classes in watercolor and plein air painting, helping with art camps, working at the interior design company, and gardening! Whew! I will also be doing the occasional figure modeling and portrait sitting. Not to mention all the fun of mountain biking and whitewater kayaking. Its going to be awesome.

I am excited to be participating in the Jackson Hole Art Fair this summer! I am lucky enough to be one of the 150 artists picked out of over 800 applicants. This art fair draws over 11,000 visitors, and takes no commission! I will be selling my paintings, prints of my work, and handmade pillows and bags. I am really looking forward to talking with the other artists participating from all over the country. It’s going to be a blast!

After seeing my artwork in Studio Visit Magazine, I received an invitation to have my work featured in American Artwork Magazine. This juried book features 260 artists and is distributed to 3000 galleries and interior designers across the country. I’m happy to have this opportunity for my artwork to reach a wider audience of art patrons.

I have also been continuing my journey in my new body of work, Flow. This experiment in pouring and moving liquid oil paint has been intriguing, and I am still developing an artist statement as I continue to practice – talking about this new work warrants a separate blog post, but here are a few more paintings in the series. Hopefully I’ll add a new page on the website for these soon. The first painting in this series has already been sold and will be shipped in a week. Right now at the studio I have I have 3 finished paintings and three more in various stages of development.

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Publications and process painting

Publications and process painting

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A few housekeeping notes on my art business: 

On November 22, 2016 my artist’s feature on CreativPaper.com was published. This was a lovely opportunity for exposure to the website’s 22,000 readers per month, and my works were also featured on their Instagram, which has over 29,000 users.

Check out the web feature by clicking here. 

You can see in the top menu of my website that I have linked my Esty store, which features giclee prints of my paintings, and I have opened up an account with SAACHI, where my original works of art can be purchased. All artwork can also be sold direct also, via my email, cheryl.joan@gmail.com.

I have begun teaching again, with an upcoming community holiday painting class at Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore, using recycled materials, of course. Starting in January I will be teaching a beginning oil painting class on Tuesday for the Art Association of Jackson Hole, located at my studio space in the Center for the Arts. A watercolor course is all set for April as well, and I am in the process of planning a springtime 10-week oil painting class for talented high school students, sponsored by the National Museum of Wildlife Art.  This exclusive class will culminate in an exhibition for the students at the Center for the Arts, sometime during the early summer months.

And now that housekeeping is taken care of….

While I will continue my work with The Ecology of Memories as my inspiration flows, I’ve been newly captivated by a different exploration in painting.

I have begun a new body of work that is focused on the process of painting itself. For many years I have enjoyed the ability to translucently layer oil paint to create depth of colors, experimenting with paint in the confines of more concrete imagery. Feeling constrained within representation, I recently decided to throw caution to the wind and work on smaller canvases, so that I could play with my favorite material in a more free-spirited manner. After the creation of my first experiment, I knew I was onto something. Working with my paints thinned down with linseed oil, I’ve been moving the fluid pigment around the canvas and allowing it to dry flat, letting the colors pool and settle on their own. There is significant drying time needed for these works, as I have found the colors maintain more saturation and suspension within linseed oil than with turpentine. It’s fascinating to me, the endless possibilities of color combinations, and how the creation of multiple layers can create an almost prismatic effect of the paint. I also recognize in the works completed so far, a topographical reference, although my intention is simply to explore color by creating layers of fluid pigments. I’m still in the development stage on this body of work in terms of artist statements and promotions. I am super excited to see this body of work develop.

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New studio space, new way of life

New studio space, new way of life

The first few months of living in Jackson have been a whirlwind of happiness. Within the first few days of moving in I was able to secure studio space in the Jackson Center for the Arts, and began working on a series of paintings that are more of a practice in playing. I’ll be teaching a couple of painting classes at the center in 2017, and imagine that I will be picking up some private lessons as the spring picks up and ski season slows down.  I’m stretching out a bit with my painting and getting loose, with no specific plan for these pieces other than trusting that I know when they are done. I am not sure yet if they will eventually be included in my series The Ecology of Memories, but I have a feeling that they will become study pieces for a future body of work. However, my heart is itching to do some technical drawing/painting, so we will see how these works play out. I’m enjoying the process of layering colors and playing with my intuition, for now.

In all the hustle and bustle of moving and settling in, I neglected to post images of the last two paintings I finished before I left Vermont. I’m happy to add them to the collection of current work. The bottom painting, titled Center of the Universe, is a rare commission for the Newton family of The Big House in Windham, VT.

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Jackson!

Jackson!

Summer came to a wonderful close as Carl and I moved to Jackson, WY this week. It was very sad to leave my job as a professional mountain biker at Thunder Mountain Bike Park, but I am excited for the opportunity to contribute to a new community in Jackson. We have moved in with our great friends Sneaky Pete and the Secret Weapons and Carl has gotten a position as the lead carpenter for Habitat for Humanity.

Moving my easel and the paintings across the country was the biggest challenge – I had to disassemble all the frames, stretchers, and roll all the canvases up into a large bundle.  I’m looking for work and studio space right now, hoping to reassemble my paintings and get them into galleries as soon as possible.

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It’s a time of uncertainty and new adventures for me, and I’m looking forward to seeing how life will unfold for us within the next few years. I’m excited to find inspiration in this new environment, and hoping that I will be able to start painting again soon.

Studio Visit Magazine

Studio Visit Magazine

It’s been a wonderful early summer, filled with birthdays and other celebrations, so much so that it seems like I can’t ever quite catch up with myself! I’m creeping closer to finishing a painting that I started in March before work became busy, and looking forward to adding it to The Process of Remembering collection. Once it is finished I have ideas in the works for a different series of smaller paintings, which I have been photographing and brainstorming for.

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I just received my copy of Studio Visit Magazine vol. 34, a gallery catalog distributed to several thousand galleries across the US. I’m pretty excited to be on page 100. I’ve re-applied to the magazine on their latest call for submissions also, and am hopeful that I will be chosen for volume 35 as well.

I have been investigating printing companies in order to create affordable, high quality fine art prints of several paintings to sell in the River Rock Collective  in Brattleboro, and in a yet-to-be-created Etsy store. I love making and sharing my art, and understand that the original oil paintings are not affordable for a wide audience. It’s important to me for my art to be enjoyed by as many viewers as possible, and creating high-quality giclee prints seems like a great step towards getting my artwork into the hands of many to enjoy.

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Lastly, I’m still plugging away at some graphic work for Zootriceuticals, fine tuning a logo for them and should be finished shortly. All in all, since the weather has been warm it’s been a whirlwind of activity and decisions, with no signs of slowing down, but all signs pointing to things going very well.

 

spring season update

spring season update

Its been a busy spring. I spent 10 days in Chicago at the end of April, and it was an interesting reset being away from making art for that long. While I had two drawings and one painting going before the trip, I haven’t quite been able to pick up the steam again since I returned.

I’ve been running bike patrol at Thunder Mountain Bike Park, as well as a fairly steady stream of graphic work in the past few months.  The most time consuming side-project from art making as been the remodel of our place in Vermont, as I replaced my art brushes for paint rollers and have primed and painted every surface of our place. With our walls and ceilings now a glorious and pure white, I’ve done my small part for thesmallhouseproject.com

There are lots of ideas in the works right now, including gathering the resources for making prints of my paintings and some exciting marketing ideas for The Hot Aryls. Creating has been the name of the game, so hopefully within all the hustle of the spring and summer I’ll have some more paintings up here and in a few other galleries.

I prematurely pulled my paintings out of Vermont Artisans Gallery and currently have one on display at the new River Rock Collective in Bratt. June is also the release of Studio Visit Magazine, and so my work will be traveling all over the country through that publication.

More to come as the warm season progresses.
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