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Artist Statement:

2017
Numerologically speaking '2017' is predicted as being auspicious for great: progress, potential and promise. It has been a great start to the new year so far with creative experimentation in Tattoo Ink on Aquarelle Feuilles paper; an exciting change from the usual oils on canvas. New art work has been inspired by my favourite artist Gustav Klimt's Water Serpents and my youngest brother’s love of tattooing. My bebe bro, was a fabulous artist and extended his gift into the realm of tattooing. He blessed me with lessons in this medium prior to departing and I have been enjoying investigations in this new area of design over the past year or so. I’m now discovering the alluring brilliance of the tattoo ink colours used on paper. So here's to a year full of creativity...

 

2016
The desire to paint has been impinged upon by the loss of my youngest Brother; followed by our Cousin, Mother then Father and two other loved ones held dear to our hearts; such losses are devastating for those left behind - as we hold tight to the notion that: ...

Those we love don't go away,
They walk beside us every day,
Unseen, unheard, but always near,
Still loved, still missed and very dear.
- By unknown

Death teaches us that Life is so fleeting ~ so make precious memeries while you can...

2015
A new year and a new start hopefully less tears and more opportunities and inspiration to delve into creating additional artwork ...

2014
Happy to have now completed a Masters degree, a significant accomplishment for someone who dropped out of high school early.

Having dyslexia as a young girl I never thought I would have gone on to love study or continued professional development (CPD), so much ~ if I can do it anyone can. It is not about being intelligent it all comes down to dedication and good time management. Although during the completion of this degree there was blood, sweat and tears involved; in particular the latter as my beautiful younger brother died this year ~ it ripped my heart out to find him... and I stuggled to continue with my studies ...and my life without him. The accumulation of grief can become overpowering, in having lost our third brother and a few weeks later our lovely cousin ~ who follwed them to Heaven. Earth is a much lonlier place now, especially without my bebe brother's presence. Although I have faith that their souls continue on and are lighter and happier on the other side - besides the fact they miss their family and friends on the physial plain.

2013
A return to the Tropical North Queensland ~ immersed in the next stage of study ~ an expensive yet healthy addiction. And lately I have been squeezing in time to enjoy the more instantaneous medium of drawing.

2012
A sojourn ~ in the Arts Capital of Australia ~ Melbourne, Victoria.

Here’s to hoping my creative output this year will be more prolific.

I continue to appreciate the use of symbolism in art and remain focused on portraying: figurative works, works of a spiritual nature and pivotal memoirs; all designed from a conceptual art perspective. My mind’s eye is still drawn to using curvaceous and unusual shapes and eye-catching lines.

I enjoy digitally manipulating collaged compositions using Photoshop - with a focus on using positive and negative space to convey a well-balanced image. The preliminary digital collage or sketch is then drawn onto the canvas - I complete the works using beautiful colours brushed into the design using a scumbling-styled stroke.

Here’s to happy, healthy and prosperous new year!

2011
I'm busy being swept along by life and the necessity to make a living away from my art practice, which is sad. Although I continue to count my blessings and delve into my creativity, whenever time permits. My artistic accomplishments still delivers tremendous joy and most importantly forgives me for my frequent absence.

2010
During my Arts education I thoroughly enjoyed experimenting in painting, drawing, sculpture and printmaking. Regarding my first love, painting, I prefer to work in oils on canvas due to the luminescent quality of the pigments. Drawing is a more instantaneous medium, which I also enjoy; although prefer to challenge myself to accomplish the same free flowing, relaxed style with the use of brush and paint. In selecting a favourite printmaking technique it would be lithography. I am fascinated with the lithographic process, especially the results derived from the surrendering of the age-old stone.

Dealing with the death of loved-ones is a reoccurring element underpinning the concepts within my work over the last few years. Although I try to capture brighter imagery, melancholy memories do frequent my medium. In describing my work on a whole it is about harmonizing the depiction of pleasant life experiences with tender recollections. Conveying this into visual imagery can sometimes pose a challenge, which I aim to remedy through the use of symbolism.
 

Most favourite artist: Gustav Klimt (1862-1918)

 

Next favourite artist: Tamara de Lempicka (1898-1980)


Green Bugatti
1925
Tamara de Lempicka


2009

I love delving into my painting practice, when my brush hits the canvas I am propelled into another realm. When in the creative zone it is comparable to meditation. An emotional connection is formed during the creation process of each new piece; hence when someone wants to purchase a painting it is the best feeling to know that they must feel a similar connection.



Bride and Groom of the Eiffel Tower
1954

Marc Chagall

My favourite artists are Frida Kharlo, Leonora Carrington, Marc Chargal and Kathe Kollwitz. Favourite Australian artist being Charles Blackman from the Antipodean Group.


Two Girls

1928
Charles Blackman

About the Artist:

Born in Sydney Australia Cherie J. Payne has resided in Townsville, largest urban centre of Far North Queensland, for the past fifteen years.

Cherie's most recent artistic studies were completed at James Cook University under the guidance of artists/lectures: James Brown, Ric Schmit, Connie Palomo, Anneke Silver and Anne Lord. Cherie completed an Honours degree attached to a Bachelor in Visual Arts in 2006 graduating in 2007 and was admitted to a Masters in Social Work at James Cook University in 2011. Earlier creative endeavours and studies for Certificate IV and Diploma in Visual Art were taught by artists/TAFE lecturers: Lenore Howard and Jill Chism.

Cherie works in a variety of styles and the theme currently underpinning her work is a mixture of emotionally associated imagery, family ties, dealing with death and or work based on nature or spiritual philosophies. Her work has been described by fellow artists as elegant.

The Cherie Blossom website has been designed by the artist as a means to share Cherie Blossom Art work as well as to network with other artists and prospective art-collectors.

Like Alphonse Mucha Cherie agrees that: Art is Eternal.
 

Chronology of Exhibiting Experience and Art Education:

2016 Exhibited at K Mart Plaza Carvery, Aitkenvale, Queensland.

2016 Donation in kind to Charity Auction for Ronald McDonald House, Townsville.

2015 Mural work - Uniting Care Community. Townsville, Queensland.

2014 Donation in kind to Townsville Hospital, Social Work Department.

2014 James Cook University, Group exhibtion for Mental Health week, in conjuntion with Social Work studies.

2014 Riverway Artist Markets Thuringowa, Pinnacles Gallery.

2013 Uke Art - at the Cairns Ukulele Festival. This year beneficiary of the Uke Art Exhibition and Auction is the Salvation Army.

2013 TOY TO THE WORLD PROJECT, Fund Raiser. Melbourne, Victoria. This years beneficiary of the Uke Art Exhibition and Auction is the Victorian Aids Council.

2012 Sydenham Library - Water Gardens - Brimbank City Council, Melbourne. Victoria

2012 Hunt Club Community Arts Centre - Sunshine, Melbourne. Victoria

2012 City of Whittlesea - Sites to be Seen - Personal Art in Public Places. Thomastown, Melbourne. Victoria

2012 ART-Town - Outdoor Art Session & Exhibition. Chapel Street Precinct. Prahran, Melbourne. Victoria

2010/2011 Exhibited Organi Gallery, Townsville

2009/2011 Exhibited Townsville City Library, Townsville

2010 Exhibited Good Shepard Nursing Home, Douglas. Townsville

2010 Fabric artist Linda Jackson - Ink on Silk workshop, Umbrella Studio

2009/2011 Exhibited Townsville City Council Community Services Sector, Thuringowa

2009/2010 Exhibited Thuringowa Corporate Library, Townsville

2009 Exhibited at Townsville City Council Corporate Governance - Thuringowa

2008 Gavin Ryan Workshop: Layering Techniques, Umbrella Studio, Townsville

2008 Commission by SEA O2 Corporation, Townsville

2008 Exhibited Pricewaterhouse Coopers Accounting Firm, Townsville

2008/2011 Perc Tucker Gallery, Art About Town Program show casing local Townsville Artists

2007/2008 Commissioned for a series of paintings for Kids in Harmony, Townsville

2007 Exhibited in Spiritual Fair, Brothers League Club Thuringowa

2007 August, Attended the Taubmans Paint Specialist Program

2007 Official Honours Graduation from James Cook University

2006 Completion of Honours Degree attached to Bachelor of Visual Arts, James Cook University, Townsville Qld

2006 May-2007 January. Toastmasters International. Magnani House, Townsville

2006 May. Exhibited work in conjunction with Fund Raising Event for Townsville Central Afternoon School Care – Metropolitan Hotel. South Townsville

2006 September. A Pictorial Compendium of an Afterlife, Umbrella Studio Townsville

2005 May. Perc's Purses. Perc Tucker Regional Gallery. Townsville, Qld

2004 December. Birthdays. Umbrella Studio's 2004 Members Exhibition. Townsville, Qld

2004 October. Exhibited Townsville Defence Force Cocktail Party. Surf Life Saving Club Strand, Qld

2004 Completed Bachelor of Visual Arts. James Cook University, Townsville, Qld

2003 December. Mural work for Guru's Tandori Hut: Indian Restaurant

2003 October. “Emerging” Third Year Bachelor of Visual Arts, Perc Tucker Gallery. Townsville. Qld

2003 August. "It's Not What it Seems". Panorama House. Castle Hill, Townsville. Qld

2003 June. Invited to participate in Life Drawing Demonstrations for the “Annual Northern Women’s Exposition” Artist Exhibit for the Life Drawing Presentation. Townsville Convention. Qld

2002 November. College of Music Visual Arts and Technology, James Cook University - "In House Exhibition" - for first and second year students. Vincent Campus, Townsville, Qld.

2002 November. Volunteer on Community Painting Project for Townsville Central Preschool, Snuggle Pot & Cuddle Pie. Townsville Qld

2002 May. Townsville Art Society Exhibition. Perc Tucker Gallery. Townsville, Qld.

2001 "One Thousand, One Hundred & Twenty Eight Hours" Cairns TAFE Student Exhibition, Qld

1999 February - 2001 May. Diploma of Visual Arts. Certificate IV in Visual Arts (Painting). Cairns TAFE Qld

1998 February-November. Certificate IV in Adult University Prep’ Course. Sunshine Coast Qld

1997 January-September. Certificate in Cartooning. ICS Learning, Sunshine Coast Qld

1996 May-June. Certificate in Calligraphy. ACE Education, Sunshine Coast Qld

1992 Modern Drawing & Painting Workshop. Hornsby High School, Sydney, NSW

 

Publications:

Facebook

Connect Magazine

Coast to Coast Television Program, on Art in Townsville

Sun Newspaper, Townsville

Townsville Umbrella Studio News Letter & Website

Channel Seven, Local News Coverage

 

Selected Prizes and Awards:

2005 Awarded Merit based Commonwealth Government Learning Scholarship in conjunction with studies at James Cook University. Townsville. Qld.

2003 October. Received Painter of the Year Award, Bachelor of Visual Arts. James Cook University. Townsville. Qld.

2003 July Mount Isa Art Exhibition. First Place for Oils & or Acrylics. Mount Isa, Qld.