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

Offering #3 Small Works

Artist Support Pledge

Offering #3 shows small artworks in a long rectangular format.  All are offered as part of the #ArtistSupportPledge.  To review, the Covid19 pandemic wreaked economic havoc in art community.  With art centers shuttered, galleries closed, exhibitions and classes canceled,  avenues for artists generating income and making a living disappeared. As art galleries and centers begin to reopen, attendance is sparse, so support for artists continues to be critical.

British artist, Matthew Burrows conceived of a platform where artists can share and sell their artwork to stimulate the art market and directly benefit other artists.  Through Instagram, artists post images of their work with the pledge that each time the artist makes $1000 in sales, the artist will commit to using 20% of their earnings to purchase another artist’s work.  Burrows’ concept creates a sustainable “micro-culture and economy” to generate income and immediacy.  Along with offering my small artworks on Instagram as part of the Artist Support Pledge, I am also offering them on Facebook and this website.  To learn more, read How a hashtag caused a surge of optimism for artists on Instagram

Become part of this worldwide movement to keep the Arts alive!

Offering #3 highlights the four seasons, including small works in horizontal and vertical formats, framed in brushed silver metal frames.  Price includes framing and shipping.  The larger format celebrates the landscape in glowing autumn and peaceful winter.  The smaller format spotlights the glories of spring and summer.

Larger Size 13″ x 7″  $125

Forest Gems
Forest Gems; larger size: 13″ x 7″  $125

Forest Gems:  when I hike, I am mesmerized by the wealth of shapes and colors of fallen leaves along the trail and the forest floor.  The leaves create a mosaic of cool pattern in the summer and warm pattern in the autumn.  Colorful patterns sparked this painting, but I wanted push it farther than just a composition of color and pattern.  Before painting, I stitched the watercolor paper in metallic threads, then drew leaf patterns in resist.  The stitchery and resist highlight the fallen leaves over washes of wet-into-wet color– pale for the patterns and deep for the background.  The metallic stitchery adds a subtle shimmer.

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Dusk; larger size: 13″ x 7″  $125

In the winter, dusk is my favorite time of day.  The world is colored in subtle neutrals with bare branches stenciled against a pewter sky.

Smaller Size 12″ x 6″  $115

Like its wildflower cousin the Colorado Blue Columbine, the native Red Columbine inhabits alpine meadows in the Rocky Mountains.  Bookend this pair of paintings with the Stargazer Lily, a show-stopping centerpiece for cultivated gardens.

summer garden
Summer Garden, smaller size 12″ x 6″ $115

Tuck this little jewel in an intimate space, a powder room, entry hall, or small study.

Please complete this form to reserve your painting. Then pay using your PayPal account, or you can use your credit card by hitting the card icon below. All major credit cards accepted.  A receipt will be sent to your email.  Your purchase keeps the arts alive.

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!

 

Watercolor Paintings Accepted for Exhibition at Alpine Artists Holiday

Two paintings have been selected for exhibit in Ouray at the 58th Annual Alpine Artist

“Orchid’s Glow” 13″ x 27″ watercolor $350 Copyright C Isgreen

Holiday: “Orchid’s Glow” (pictured at right) and “Hillside Guanajuato” (featured above in preview).   The 58th annual Alpine Artists Holiday is a national juried exhibition, held every summer in the Ouray Community Center, 340 6th Ave, Ouray, CO.

OPENING RECEPTION:

JULY 25  7:00 PM

The show runs July 26-August 5, 2018.  Hours vary so visit the website: SHOW HOURS

“Orchid’s Glow” explores the glorious array of color occurring when light shines through the petals of an orchid.  Executed in a loose manner, flower forms are highlighted in a semi-abstract composition of light and shadow.

“Hillside Guanajuato” was painted on a recent trip to Mexico, in the capital city of Guanajuato, Guanajuato.  It depicts the charming jumble of sherbet homes that appear to almost tumble down each hillside.

Each painting is offered for sale during the show $350.  If you are unable to attend the show, visit the link to purchase online. PURCHASE PAINTINGS

 

Watercolors Accepted to Colorado Visions

Paintings selected by juror, Sheri Farabaugh for 21th Annual Colorado Visions Exhibition of Art

May 1-31, 2018

Opening Reception May 10, 5:30-7:30

Westminster City Hall;  4800 W. 92nd Ave; Westminster, CO

Below is a short background to the paintings, “No Hoof; No Horse” and “Orchid’s Glow.”

No Hoof; No Horse

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“No Hoof, No Horse” copyright C Isgreen  $500

tells the story of skill and craft behind the farrier’s art of hot shoeing.  A farrier carefully trims each hoof, then shapes each horseshoe to ensure comfort, balance, and performance.  Skilled work by talented farriers enhance the movement of sport horses, provide therapy for rehab horses, and prolong soundness for pleasure horses.   The painting captures the drama when a hot shoe is placed on a horse’s hoof to test for fit.  This painting spotlights the incredible trust horses place in their human partners.

Orchid’s Glow

Orchid's Glow

is a study in light.  Light reveals color and form.  The backlit forms of the orchids give the illusion of a glow from within each flower.  This semi-abstract composition puts the emphasis on design first and subject matter second.  Deep rich color give the painting harmony.  Strong movement and contrast provide interest.