Cheri Christensen was born in 1961, in Enumclaw, Washington, a small rural town of horse and cattle ranches and dairies at the foot of Mt. Rainier. She attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and graduated from the University of Washington. Cheri studied oil painting intensely for three years with Ron Lukas, a protégé of Sergei Bongart, who taught in the tradition of the Russian Impressionists. In her studies, Cheri concentrated on seeing and conveying the effects of color and light on forms. The first painting she submitted to a competition was included in a prestigious exhibition at the Charles and Emma Frye Art Museum in Seattle, and the first painting to include animals received the Beatrice Jackson Memorial award for Best Traditional Landscape in the Allied Artists of America 1995 show. She has since gone on to be represented in and win awards in numerous regional, national, and international shows.

Cheri is a signature member of the National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society and the American Academy of Women Artists. Cheri has been profiled in several magazines, including: Southwest Art (January, 1999), The Artist's Magazine (August, 2000), In Focus/Santa Fe (April, 2001), and ArtTalk Magazine (Artist to Watch: October, 2001). Cheri is best known for her painterly technique and adept portrayals of animals—subjects close to her heart. It is her knowledge of, respect for, and attention to the animals that infuse her paintings with an emotion that resonates within those who view them.

She currently lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. “I am inspired by the simple, everyday interaction of the animals in their environment; the way that light dances across the form, the harmony of color relationships, and the shapes of light and shadow. I prefer early-morning light or late afternoon settings with extreme backlighting. My focus is on the farm animals and the use of color, light, and the texture of the oil paint to convey a mood.”

 

 

Awards
2001 Silver Brush Award, National Oil and Acrylic painters Society
1999 Limited Edition Print Artist, Western Art Association, Ellensburg, WA
1998 Award, National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society
1998 Commissioned Painting Award, City of Kent, WA
1998 Purchase Award, Renton annual art show, Renton, WA
1998 People's choice, and Honorable Mention, Kent Art Show, Kent, WA
1998 Second Place, Dogwood Festival, Lewiston, ID
1998 Honorable Mention Grand Exhibition, Akron, OH
1998 Honorable Mention, International Exhibition, Baton Rouge, LA
1997 Daniel Smith Award, EAFA, Seattle, WA
1995 Beatrice Jackson Memorial Award, Allied Artists of America, Gramercy Park, NY
1995 Best of Show, Color and Light Exhibition, Longmont, CO

Exhibitions (Group)
1997-2001 American Academy of Women Artists
1997-2000 Oil Painters of America
1997 Grand Exhibition, Akron, OH
1996-1999 National Western art Show, Ellensburg, WA
1996-1997 Pacific Northwest Arts Fair, Bellevue, WA
1996 National Juried Exhibition, Lafayette, LA
1996 Lewis and Clark Museum, Lewiston, ID
1995-2001 National Oil and Acrylic Society
1995 Allied Artists of America Show
         Beatrice Jackson Memorial Award for Best Traditional Landscape
1995 The Land, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA
1995 Holter Museum of Art, Helena, MT
1993 Puget Sound Area Exhibition, Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA

Exhibitions (Invitational)
2001 Invitational, Mockingbird Gallery
2000-2001 Miniature show, Whistle Pik Gallery
1999-2001 Holiday Miniature Show, Trailside Galleries, Scottsdale, AZ, and Jackson,WY
1998-2001 Animals in Art Invitational Show, Howard/Mandville Gallery, Kirkland, WA
1998-2001 C.M. Russell Auction, Great Falls, MT
1998-2001 Summer Group Show, Howard/Mandville Gallery, Kirkland, WA
1997-2001 Miniature Show Howard/Mandville Gallery, Kirkland, WA

Exhibitions (Solo)
2000& 2002 Showcase, Trailside Galleries, Jackson, WY
2000 Robson Gallery, San Diego, CA
1999-2002 Contemporary Southwest Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
1999-2002 Knox Galleries, Denver, CO
1998-2002 Roby King Gallery, Bainbridge Island, WA
1997-2002 Howard Mandville Gallery, Kirkland WA

Exhibitions (Two-Person)
2001 Bennett Street Gallery, Atlanta, GA
1999,2001 Robson Gallery, San Diego, CA
1999 Long Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
1998-1999 Waterworks Gallery, Friday Harbor, WA
1998 Clymer Museum, Ellensburg, WA

Galleries
Bennett Street Gallery, Atlanta, GA
Contemporary Southwest Galleries, Santa Fe, NM
Eisenhauer Gallery, Block Island, RI
Eisenhauer Gallery, Martha's Vineyard, MA
Howard/Mandville Gallery, Kirkland, WA
Knox Galleries, Beaver Creek Resort, Avon, CO
Knox Galleries, Denver, CO
Knox Galleries, Naples, FL
Robson Gallery, San Diego, CA
Roby King Galleries, Bainbridge Island, WA
Trailside Galleries, Jackson, WY
Trailside Galleries, Scottsdale, AZ

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