Those we love don't go away,
Death teaches us that Life is so fleeting ~ so make precious memeries while you can...
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.
Here’s to hoping my creative output this year will be more prolific.
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)
About the Artist:
Born in Sydney Australia Cherie J. Payne has resided in Townsville, the largest urban centre of Far North Queensland, for the past sixeen 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:
Art works displayed at Lives Lived Well Service Centre, Hermit Park,
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
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
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.