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

Where To See My Work

Thank you for your interest in my work!  My watercolor and 3-dimensional mixed media can be found at these fine art venues.

Thank you for your interest in my work!  My watercolor paintings and mixed media sculptures can be found at these fine art venues:

Gunnison Arts Center

Address: 102 Main St, Gunnison
Phone: 970.641.4029, GAC website
Summer Hours: Tuesday – Friday 10- 6 ; Saturday 10-3, (closed Sunday/Monday)

610 Arts Collective

Address: 610 Clinton Street, Ridgway, CO                                                                                        Phone970.318.0150, 610 website 
Covid Hours: Wednesday-Saturday 10-3;  Sunday 10-2;  (Private Viewings by appointment)

Redstone Art Gallery

Address: 173 Redstone Blvd, Carbondale, CO                                                                                  Phone: 970.963.3790
Hours:Monday – Saturday 10-5; Sunday 11-4

Montrose Center for the Arts

Address: 219 E Main St Montrose, CO                                                                                                Phone: 970.252.0241
Hours: Tuesday-Friday 11- 5; Saturday 10-4 (closed Sunday & Monday)

Backstreet Bagels & Art

Address: 127 N Townsend Ave, Montrose, Colorado                                                                     Phone: 970.240.3675
Hours:  6am – 2:30pm daily

Here is a sampling of what you can find at each venue; roll over image to see title.  Click image to enlarge.

Gunnison Arts Center

  • TOP ROW: Refuge and Be at Peace; Seek Harmony, watercolor, 14″ x 11″ $115;  Patty’s Garden, Croton Late Afternoon Light, watercolor, 8″ x 10″ $80
  • MIDDLE ROW: Patty’s Garden, Croton Morning Light, watercolor, 8″ x 10″ $80; Aspens, West Fork Dallas Creek, watercolor, 8″ x 10″ $80
  • BOTTOM ROW: Cinderella Reef, watercolor, 14″ x 11″ $115

Orders & shipping accepted by phone: 970.641.4029

610 Arts Collective

 

  • TOP ROW: Summer Garden, watercolor, 12″ x 6″ $115
  • MIDDLE ROW: Stargazer, watercolor, 12″ x 6″ $115; Columbine Splash, watercolor, 12″ x 6″ $115; Starburst, watercolor, 12″ x 6″ $115
  • BOTTOM ROW: Dusk; watercolor, 13″ x 7″  $125; Forest Gems, watercolor, 13″ x 7″  $125

 Orders & shipping accepted by phone: 970.318.0150

Redstone Art Gallery

  • TOP ROW: Baby Steps to Piaffe, watercolor, 16″ x 20″  $350; Out of the West, watercolor, 16″ x 20″  $350
  • MIDDLE ROW: Cowboy Up, watercolor, 16″ x 20″  $350; A Good Hair Day, watercolor, 16″ x 20″  $350
  • BOTTOM ROW: Promise, mixed media sculpture, $375; Galaxy, mixed media sculpture, $375; Caprice, mixed media sculpture, $375

Orders & shipping accepted by phone: 970.963.3790

Montrose Center for the Arts

Pictured above: mixed media Dream Horse, Bucephalas, ceramic, wire, forsythia, hand rubbed metallic finish, 18″x 9″x 4″  (special offering $200)   All Star Heroes, celebrating the heroes of the Covid19 pandemic, mixed media sculpture- quilted handwoven fabric, embellished with found objects, $95

Not pictured: a selection of matted original paintings, ready for your frames, and a variety of card sets, including equine, floral, birds, travel, and landscape themes. Drop into the Art Center to see.  Orders & shipping accepted by phone: 970.252.0241

Backstreet Bagels & Art

Backstreet offers a full complement of card sets and framed equine, floral, and travel themed watercolor paintings. Pictured above: Lavade and Pasture Patterns, 15″x 12″ $125. Bleeding Hearts, 19″x 10″ $200. Los Onzes Patíos, (The 11 Patios), Patzcuro, 16″x 20″ $350. Visit the gallery to see more at 127 N Townsend Ave, Montrose, Colorado , 6am – 2:30pm daily. To arrange for purchase & shipping of these works, CLICK HERE TO INQUIRE ABOUT ARTWORK

New Works at Gunnison Arts Center

mixed media collage on board: ink, paper, mixed metals, horse shoe, antique rhinestone and glass button on board  $40
“I WISH FOR A PONY”    copyright Cheri Isgreen, 2016                                                         mixed media collage on board: ink, paper, mixed metals, horseshoe, antique rhinestone and glass button on board  $40

Based on the success of last year’s collages at the GAC Holiday Market, I have started a new series for spring 2016.  I build my collages on wood substrate from an inspiration taken from my paintings and drawings.  I add found objects, then give the collage a quote or a border.  I love pattern- repeated shapes and coordinating colors.  My patterns are decorative and organic, evolving by hand.  Sometimes I add text when I feel the piece needs it.  Text complements visual objects by combining two forms of communication.  Maybe in the future, I may also add a sound track….

I do my collages in two formats.  The first examples show a single image on an 8″ square board.  The second format is a vertical triptych of three images mounted on 4″ square boards, linked with colored copper.

The pieces featured here can be found at the Art Shop at the Gunnison Arts Center.  The GAC is open Tuesday – Friday 10-6 and Saturday 10-2.  GAC offers many evening venues, with the Art Shop is open during special events.  The GAC is located at  102 S Main St, Gunnison, CO 81230.  For more information, call (970) 641-4029 or visit the website: GUNNISON ARTS CENTER

"BOUQUET" copyright Cheri Isgreen, 2016                                                         mixed media collage on board: ink, paper, mixed metals, garnets on board  $40
“BOUQUET” copyright Cheri Isgreen, 2016                                                         mixed media collage on board: ink, paper, mixed metals, garnets on board  $40

 

"BEST FRIENDS"  copyright Cheri Isgreen, 2016                                                         mixed media collage on board: ink, paper, nickel, glass bead on board  $40
“BEST FRIENDS” copyright Cheri Isgreen, 2016                                                         mixed media collage on board: ink, paper, nickel, glass bead on board  $40

 

"WHEN HORSES FLY"  copyright Cheri Isgreen, 2016                                                         mixed media collage on board: ink, paper, mixed metals & beads on board  $40
“WHEN HORSES FLY” copyright Cheri Isgreen, 2016                                                         mixed media collage on board: ink, paper, mixed metals & beads on board  $40

"POWER"  copyright Cheri Isgreen, 2016                                                         mixed media collage on board: ink, paper, pewter on board  $40
“POWER” copyright Cheri Isgreen, 2016                mixed media collage on board: ink, paper, pewter on board  $40

 

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“A PAUSE IN THE DAY’S OCCUPATION”  copyright Cheri Isgreen 2016 mixed media collage on board: ink, paper, silver on board  $40

SECOND FORMAT

"INDIAN SUMMER"  copyright Cheri Isgreen, 2016                                                         mixed media collage on board: ink, paper, mixed metals,  antique  button on board  $40
“INDIAN SUMMER” copyright Cheri Isgreen, 2016                                                         mixed media collage on board: ink, paper, mixed metals, antique button on board  $40

"HIGH COUNTRY"  copyright Cheri Isgreen, 2016                                                         mixed media collage on board: ink, paper, pewter,  handmade bead on board  $40
“HIGH COUNTRY” copyright Cheri Isgreen, 2016                                                         mixed media collage on board: ink, paper, pewter, handmade bead on board  $40

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“TURNOUT” copyright Cheri Isgreen, 2016  mixed media collage on board: ink, paper, mixed metals  $40