Featured Artist: Cheryl St. John!

Reach for the Sky by Cheryl St John

Reach for the Sky by Cheryl St. John  11×14″  Oil

Cheryl St. John. Cheryl can paint the scenes that nature offers so fluently. Her paintings are just beautiful. Cheryl is an artist from Colorado who paints plein air (outdoors). She paints the larger paintings in the studio from small plein air studies, so she can capture the feel of her location and portray that onto a larger canvas.

The painting Reach for the Sky makes me happy just to look at. The combination of colors is so beautiful to me. Just fabulous!

Lavender Sky by Cheryl St John

Lavender Sky by Cheryl St. John  11×14″  Oil

I think it’s so fabulous when an artist can really capture the light, and I would say Cheryl did just that. The sky is wonderful, the bright sun is spellbinding!

Are you an artist interested in taking a workshop with Cheryl? Check out her 2016 Workshops!

Read a bit about Cheryl, from the Saks Galleries website:

Cheryl St. John is a fourth generation Colorado Native; it’s in her blood to appreciate the nature and environment.  She says she is a preserver of both.  Cheryl draws inspiration to paint from her vast travels from the wide-open spaces of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado, the high deserts of New Mexico, the colorful hillsides of Tuscany, to the charm of San Miguel de Allende.
 
She is a member of the American Impressionist Society and member of the Plein Air Artists of Colorado.  She says of plein air painting, …”it’s always a challenge, never-ever routine. The changing light and weather conditions create a sense of urgency that translates to a spontaneous and loose interpretation of the scene.”  Transporting structured chaos into the studio for the much larger pieces proves an undertaking Cheryl is well equipped to handle. 
 
She is deeply connected to her environment.  Her paintings reflect harmony and tranquility.  They reflect the soul and spirit of the land to the viewer

Cheryl is known for her “plein-air” landscapes as well her breathtaking large landscape paintings created from the plein air studies. “It’s a bit difficult to paint on a 36X48 canvas on location so working from small studies, created in the field is the perfect solution!” Now, she can enjoy being outdoors, which is where she wants to be most of the time, and enjoy the comfort of the studio when she wants to work large. The nice thing about creating a small study on location is it takes me right back to that “special place” so I can create a large work with the same feeling and emotion.

Cheryl’s inspiration comes from the wide open spaces of the rocky mountains of Colorado, the high desserts of New Mexico, the colorful hillsides of Tuscany and the many other landscapes she is yet to discover. Painting en plein-air is always a challenge, never-ever routine. The changing light and weather conditions create a sense of urgency that translates to a spontaneous and loose interpretation of the scene, which is something she retains in working much larger in the studio. “Besides, it’s a great excuse to be outdoors and what better way to take the viewer to all of the wonderful places I get to visit! My hope is that the viewer can actually feel the breeze, smell the fresh air and soak in the warmth of the sun in each and every one of my works of art. I want my paintings to let you escape to a very special place and enjoy.”

Cheryl studied fine art and design at The Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design and The Colorado Institute of Art, as well as with well known artists: Kim English, Melinda Morrison, Michael Workman, Robert Spooner and many others. Read more HERE

All images via CherylStJohn.com, used with permission…

Images are not for reproduction, they are property of the artist.

Catch you back here tomorrow!

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