About Cheri Isgreen: Creating Art Feeds My Soul

With a focus on light, form, and color, my colorful contemporary paintings will enliven any space or home. Being outdoors and visually investigating horses, flowers, and the natural world feeds my soul.  I enjoy working in watercolor, mixed media, and sculpture.

With a focus on light, form, and color, my colorful contemporary paintings will enliven any space or home.  I’m drawn to horses, flowers, and the natural world.  Being outdoors and visually investigating these subjects feeds my soul.

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ARTIST STATEMENT

I am fascinated by the relationship between light and shadow on natural forms; compositions develop as I respond to the interplay of light and the variety of shapes and colors that result.  I enjoy working in watercolor, mixed media, and sculpture.

  • With watercolor, I seek fresh, unexpected color mixtures through spontaneous wet-into-wet techniques.
  • In mixed media, I develop a lively visual surface, juxtaposing abstract shapes with living forms, while combining  color and texture.
  • In sculpture, I capture the spirit of the piece through lively gesture, hand-rubbed metallic finishes, and found-object embellishments.

Regardless of the medium, I preserve a sense of mystery and narrative, allowing the viewer to connect to my artwork through her experiences and emotions.

My art reflects all that my senses record: the luminous, ephemeral beauty of flowers; the wonder of visiting new places, and of course the noble presence of the horse.   My equine art is informed by a lifetime spent with horses in daily care and training.  Through my experiences, I’ve gained  intimate knowledge of the equine spirit and anatomy.  Touching sinuous curves, tendon lines, and muscular shapes; inhaling the equine scent; burying my cold face into a warm, soft, winter coat; sharing a horse’s breath; and gazing deeply into a horse’s soul.  Monarch, my wise and sensitive partner, a Lipizzan X Andalusian gelding, appears in many of my works.

Photo of Cheri on her horse Monarch behind flowers

From cultivated gardens to scenic wild lands, I’m drawn to express the beauty around me.  In nature I work alla prima to create bright, energetic compositions.  As an avid travel sketcher, I record a wide variety of experiences from cities, towns, and neighborhoods; wilderness and nature; festivals, musicians, and street life.  All these experiences enlighten my studio work.

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BIOGRAPHY

Cheri Isgreen is a signature member of the Colorado Watercolor Society.  As a retired art educator, she taught the gamut of media, styles, and subjects, giving her the strong range she draws upon today when creating her watercolor and mixed media compositions.

Upon retirement, Cheri changed focus to  develop her personal vision in watercolor.  Stir Gallery in Colorado Springs gave Cheri her first one woman show in 2012, pointing her on the path she follows today.   In 2013 she entered her first art competition, receiving two patron awards and People’s Choice.  In 2014 Cheri embarked on a year-long traveling exhibition, “High Point,” a benefit art show raising over $2K for nonprofits.  Cheri feels strongly about “paying it forward.”  To schedule a benefit art show with Cheri, click the link: LET’S TALK   Since 2014, Cheri has exhibited widely in regional, national, and international juried & invitational shows. Her artwork has been showcased in museums, galleries, and publications both in the United States and abroad.

Cheri keeps an active studio schedule, winning awards in juried exhibitions, showing in galleries, accepting commissions, and maintaining an online presence through her website and social media.  Along with an active studio schedule, Cheri is a popular workshop instructor at regional arts centers and through online instruction.  CLICK LINK TO JOIN CHERI IN A WORKSHOP

 

 

 

Cheri is represented by:

  • Backstreet, Montrose, CO
  • Montrose Center for the Arts
  • Gunnison Arts Center, Gunnison, Co
  • Redstone Art Gallery, Redstone, CO
  • 610 Arts Collective, Ridgway, CO

2019 Exhibition Schedule

Here’s a look at the exhibitions I’ll be attending in 2019.

Here’s a look at the exhibitions I’ll be attending in 2019.

April 14 – May 30, Ridgeway Open 
610 Arts Collective, Ridgway, CO
2nd Place:  “Una Calle Vieja, San Miguel de Allende” (An Old Street)

August 10-11 , Ridgway Rendezvous
Ridgway City Park, Ridgway, CO
Invited to judge exhibition

September 6-30,  Western Art Exhibition 
Montrose Center for the Arts, Montrose, CO

November 13 – December 24  610 Holiday Arts Exhibition  
610 Arts Collective, Ridgway, CO

Gunnison Arts Center Featured Artist

I have been chosen as the featured artist for the month of August at the Gunnison Arts Center.  During the month of August all framed paintings of mine are offered at 10% off- both at the Arts Center and through the website.  use this link to receive 10% off during the month of August, (simply mention this blog post.)  This is a good time to purchase that special painting you have been admiring, or commission a special work.

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Roadside Gold, watercolor with acrylic accents, 10″x19″  $200 Copyright C Isgreen

I will be painting live at the Arts Center during Gunnison’s First Friday August Art Walk.
Break in the Clouds (1) I will be pleased to visit with you, answer questions, and share what I am working on.  As Gunnison locals know, I am a frequent instructor at the Center, along with exhibiting my watercolors and mixed media work through the Shop at the GAC and GAC exhibitions, including the recent Colorado Watercolor Society juried “A Splash of Colorado,” and the GAC January staff/instructor show, where I showed my travel sketches and paintings.  I spent the winter in the Central Highlands of Mexico, painting the beautiful Baroque cities of Guanajuato, Dolores Hidalgo, Querétaro, and San Luis Potosí, and the charming village of Ajijí, Jalisco.

The following is an interview with Erin Jacobs, manager of the GAC Featured Artist Series:

Where are you from?

I grew up in Lake County, Ill., (which is horse heaven- similar to Ireland.)  I have lived in Western Colorado for the past 45 years, (which is a different kind of heaven.)
What is your medium of choice?

watercolor often, but mixed media with ceramic, metal, fiber, & glass comes a close second


What inspires your work?

I am fascinated by the relationship between light and shadow on natural forms. Compositions for watercolor paintings develop as I respond to the interplay of light and dark shapes.   As I paint, I seek fresh, unexpected color mixtures through poured techniques and spontaneous wet-into-wet brushwork. I strive for a sense of mystery and narrative in each painting. My three passions are horses, flowers, and travel, which often inform the subject matter of my compositions.

When did you get involved in the art world?

I have always been an artist.  My earliest memory of making art was when I was perhaps 4 years old.  My twin sister and I scratched our self portraits into the headboards of our twin beds with the plug of the bedside lamp.

What are you currently working on?                                                                                 Flamenco dancers- this series explores light on the human form.  I was so inspired by the performance I attended while in Mexico this winter.

What are you most passionate about professionally? Personally?
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“Out of the Shadows” poured watercolor, copyright C Isgreen; Award of Merit Around the Corner Gallery; People’s Choice Montrose Visual Arts Guild Annual Show; private collection

Professionally: I am most passionate about striving for excellence and originality in every piece I create.  With so much digital media available, I want each of my pieces to be an original work of art directly from my own hand from the highest standards of excellence.

Personally: I am most passionate about kindness and integrity in dealing with others, relating to our environment, training my horse, and making decisions.

What’s your greatest accomplishment?

Raising a caring and thoughtful daughter and maintaining a close relationship with her.


Where could one find you on a Saturday afternoon?

On the back of my horse; I ride dressage which is a lifelong journey toward excellence and lightness.


What circumstances do you find yourself producing new work?

I am forever getting creative brainstorms, so creating new work is an on-going process.


Do you offer custom commissions?

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“Conversano Mima” watercolor, copyright C Isgreen

Yes, I enjoy getting to know my client and working with the client to create a special piece of artwork.  In the case of horses, I often visit the farm to meet the horse.  Then I take several photos, develop detailed drawings, and discuss how my vision will become a painting.  The painting at left was commissioned by White Horse Vale Lipizzans, Goldendale, WA.


What is your website address?

https://cheriisgreenfineart.wordpress.com  I can also be found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CheriIsgreenFineArt and on Instagram at Cheri Isgreen Fine Art.  I invite you to follow me!

 

2018 Exhibitions

It looks like this summer will be busy with numerous exhibitions and shows.  First on tap is the Colorado Watercolor Society 2018 juried exhibition.  This year the show was juried by Robbie Laird, NWS.  Robbie is currently the president of the National Watercolor Society.

My entry, “Break in the Clouds, Nicaragua,” was accepted for exhibition.  This painting is available for purchase through this link.

Colorado Watercolor Society
2018 STATE WATERCOLOR EXHIBITION
May 12 to June 27, 2018
Library 21c, Pikes Peak Library District, 1175 Chapel Hills Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80920
Opening & Reception May 12, 2PM-5PM
Juror: Robbie Laird

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“Break in the Clouds, Nicaragua” watercolor by Cheri Isgreen; framed size 20″ x 16″ $350

To learn more about this painting, visit this link

Happy New Year: 2018

Thank you to all who follow my blog.  Wishing you peace & enlightenment in the coming year.

On January 13th, my husband and I leave for two months of painting in Mexico.  We are returning to the beautiful Baroque city of Guanajuato in the central highlands of Mexico. We have been planning this trip since we visited Guanajuato last January and found 5 days to be much too short to get to know and paint the city.  This year we plan to bring a full collection of art supplies, not just our sketch kits.multi

It looks to be a busy week before we leave.  I am showing several pieces at the Gunnison Arts Center for the month of January, featuring the GAC instructors & staff.  Come down for the First Friday artwork; I will be there.

First Friday ArtWalk & Music
January 5. 5:00 – 8:00 pm.

Stroll down beautiful historic Gunnison on the First Friday’s of the month to celebrate art, artists and live music. The GAC Galleries will feature Angus Reid’s Oil Paintings in the Main Gallery. These painting will be on silent auction throughout the month starting at the ArtWalk. Head to the Upper Gallery for the annual GAC Staff and Instructor Exhibit! Live singing by Liberty Solari in the Main Gallery.

On the 11th, I will be teaching a fun, fast-paced “& Series” class for the new Meet the Masters classes.  In this class we will have fun with neon colors, altered images, and serial grid-work featuring Pop Art Master, Andy Warhol.  Enjoy a variety of Pinot wines, tastey appetizers, and create your original Pop Art inspired by Andy Warhol!

Meet the Masters
Feeling Dandy with Andy: Pop Art & Pinot
Thursday, January 11th. 6:00 – 9:00 pm.

The time has come to learn all about another master of the arts! For this Meet the Masters AND Series, Cheri will be teaching us about Andy Warhol and the influence Pop Art has had on art over the years. So come join us to enjoy some pinot and have some artistic fun! Instructor: Cheri Isgreen.
$40/person includes 2 drinks, light aps and instruction. Pre-registration is required.  
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Open House 9/29/17

If you look on my Exhibition tab, you will see that it has been a busy summer.  Along with painting for the shows and commissioned work, I am quite busy designing courses for Montrose and Gunnison.  The Workshop Tab will be updated soon to announce the many course offerings.  I have also been asked to offer a tab for purchase of card sets and prints from my sketch books.  Stay tuned for that.

Because of all the new endeavors, I have not had time to keep the website as current as I would like.  Today I was asked to write a newsletter article for the Montrose Visual Arts Guild.  As I was putting the finishing touches on it, I realized this would make a good blog post.  The article gives a background of my beginnings in the art world and features my latest projects.  Hope many of the local readers can come to my Open House.

Cheri Isgreen works in watercolor, mixed media, and pastel.  Throughout her life, Cheri has created art.  Her first installation, at age three, was a self portrait with her twin sister scratched into the headboard of her bed.  For many years, Cheri worked as a master weaver with work featured in collections and publications in the US and abroad.  As an art teacher for 25 years, she taught the gamut of media, styles, and subjects.  She served as an Art Fellow with US Dept of Ed and consulted with Colorad Dept Ed, universities, and private companies.  Retiring from public education in 2010, Cheri began painting professionally.  She draws inspiration from her passions: horses, gardens, and travels.  She and her husband look forward to spending two months as visiting artists capturing the beautiful Baroque city of Guanajuato, Mexico this winter.

“I am fascinated by the relationship between light and shadow on natural forms.  Compositions for paintings develop as I respond to the interplay of light and dark shapes.  I seek fresh, unexpected color with spontaneous wet brushwork.  I strive for a sense of mystery and narrative in each painting.”

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Cheri shows widely in galleries and exhibitions.  Recent awards include First Place, “Scent” Western Colorado Watercolor Society, (Sept 2017) .  Colorado Watercolor Society, (August 2017) Second Place “Orchid’s Glow” & Honorable Mention “No Hoof No Horse.”  

 

Collaborating with Scott Cassidy, they transformed Backstreet Bagels into an accessible gallery where Cheri regularly rotates new work.  On September 29, 2017 Backstreet will host an Open House for Cheri, Lynn Vogel, and Debbie Watkins.  Each artist comes from a background of fiber.  Their current work in painting, woven & embossed copper, and art quilts complements as a unified showing of creative exploration.  Please plan to attend 5-7 PM, 9/29/17, Backstreet Bagels & Gallery, 127 N Townsend Ave, Montrose.

Flight Behavior
“Flight Behavior” I have always been fascinated by the pattern of birds in flight, called murmuration. I pondered for years how to capture this phenomenon. Techniques: background poured watercolor. Birds & foreground: fast loose saturated brushwork with the color changing at every dip of the brush- no black pigment used.