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Made in - Australia by
© C.J.Payne
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Soldier for my Son
2017

Oil on canvas

75 x 60cms

A painting gifted to my son, inspired by his love of the game Diablo III; he requested a Crusades style soldier. Created with an intention to include his facial features into the work.

He helped in the completion of the work by adding the simplified birds flying high in the background.

The crusades were a series of military campaigns sanctioned by the Roman Catholic Church during the Middle Ages, stretching from 1096 into the 15th century Jeffrey, M. (2017). "War and Religion: An Encyclopedia of Faith and Conflict".

 

 

 

 

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Cherie Blossom Art

Female Form, Figurative Work
& Life Drawing...



Cherry Blossom Series -Works in Progress
2017

Tattoo Ink on Aqurelle Feuilles, 300grm paper.

Inspired by Gustav Klimts Water Serpents & my youngest brother's love of tattooing; I’m now discovering the alluring brilliance of tattoo ink used on paper.

 

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Three Fates: Clotho, Lachesis and Atropos

2012 - 2015
Oil on canvas & gold leaf
100 x 150cm

When I started this work it was out of my interest in the soul's journey or life plan. Although around the time I finished this work I had lost six loved ones in a short time frame; in turn leaving me wondering if it was all apart of their destiny or fate to have exited life when they did... The diamonds symbolise souls in waiting for their destiny to begin.

The three sisters are said to sit beneath the earth and weave our destinies. In Greek mythology the three Fates each have a role; Clotho the youngest sister spins the thread of destiny and decides on the arrival time of each individuals birth. Lachesis has the role of measuring the length of each thread in life. Atropos has the fateful role of cutting the cord of life bringing each individuals destiny to an end.

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Environmental Uncertainty
(Diptych)

2012

Oil on canvas

90 x 60cm

The concept underpinning this body of work is environmental upheavals that weigh heavily on one's conscience when it touches so many people’s lives. These meteorological or environmental occurrences including, flooding’s and devastating earth quakes in New Zealand and Japan. And on a more local level being witness to the ferocity of North Queensland cyclones. These apprehensions are exaggerated here through the head pieces as symbolized by swirling energy. One head piece focuses more on questioning the wrath of mother nature from a universal perspective with a swirling head piece. And the other symbolises more localised level of concern represented by foliage.


Soul Sista

2015

Oils on Canvas

90 x 60 cm

Commission request by local Radio Hostess Dodie Eggmolesse, from 4K1G. Created with an aim to capture Dodie's soul sista groove & love of music. Incoporating some of her favourite colours into the piece as well as her crocodile totem animal, as symbols in her hair.

 

 



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Emilie du Chatelet
2012

Oil on canvas

100 x 80cm

Emilie du Chatelet (1706-1749) was born into a life of wealth and luxury during the Enlightenment era. Unsatisfied with living the life of a lady, Emilie excelled at: dancing, singing, sports and writing. Considering the time frame this was a remarkable feat for a woman. Emilie was an educated intellectual, talented scientist, brilliant mathematician and had an aptitude for learning languages. Her love of learning led her to attend academic meetings and frequent the King’s Library at the Louvre. Renowned lover of Voltaire (François-Marie Arouet - 1694-1778) has over-shadowed her brilliance. Emilie tried to encourage her counterparts to allow women the right to: “…participate in all the privileges of humanity, especially those of the mind.” [The Translator's Preface by Émilie du Châtelet, 1735.]

Donated In Kind to: Ronald Mc Donald House, charity.



Lost in a Reverie
2011

Oil on canvas

97 x 78cm

North Queensland’s tropical heat can be suppressive and often overwhelms. It weaves its' way like a weed into everything but here one finds an escape ~ lost in a reverie of surrounding snowflakes; reminiscent of early childhood years spent in the colder New Zealand climate.

The reoccurring theme of swirls imbedded in the artist's subconscious mind, drawn from being surrounded by beautiful Maori carvings and the native New Zealand Punga fern (Cyathea dealbata) as a child.

Tropical heat has you beat
Humid and hot - cool it is not
Find a breeze will it ease…
Lost in a trance
where the snow-flakes dance

 




Le Kiss (2)

2011

Oil on canvas

70 x 60cm

(Commisioned to recreate an Ode to Gustav Klimt)

"Le baiser"

As Klimt was Cherie's motivation
with this piece entitled "The Kiss",
She loves the inspiration
of a couple locked in bliss.
In a moment that is so sensual
caressing as soft as a feather-
but a kiss is never perpetual,
Only the painting will last forever.

Poem by Gary Warne


Anchorage

2010

Oils on Canvas

100 x 100cm

Surrounded by the reoccuring swirls motif symbolizing silver awen energy, she calmly sits on the greenest grass - entranced under the deep blue sky. Eyes closed journeying inwards, anchored amongst the flowers that are symbolic images of the many blessings in her life; as she quietly contemplates her future.

Blue and green should never been seen but in nature it looks so serene.






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Whisper
2010

Oils on Canvas

75 x 60cm
The doll in this piece is a replica from an earlier painting titled: "Sisters" 2002, symbolising one's inner child. The doll stands atop the centrepiece from another earlier painting titled: “A Lil Box of Me", 2008. The wording ‘Whisper’ is formed from smoke wafting up from the dolls hands. The intention beings to portray stillness as a means of escaping the fast paced world in which we live. The daily news headlines of atrocities, cruelty and suffering often overwhelms. Thus, a desire to withdraw to stillness is what underpins the concept of this work. It represents blocking out the broadcasts until they are barely audible ~ just a distant whisper.

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Angel of Many Blessings
2010

Oils on Canvas

101 x 75cm

Like Marc Chagall’s
Yellow Angel flying overhead
and Medieval Angels
painted in blue and red

Angels have been depicted
for centuries in art
Maybe as subconsciously
They hover close to our heart

The Angel in my deep blue sky
Bequests Fleur-de-lis
As she goes by

So count your Blessings every day
and you’ll always be happy come what may.
Poem by Cherie Payne




Reflecting

2009

Oils on Canvas

80 x 100cm

Donated to raise funds for a youth dance education program:

http://dancenorth.com.au/

Here a lady sits in quiet contemplation, reflecting on her past reminicent of swirl motif. The thirty-six stars are symbolic of significant events or seeds that have been sown in her life. The swirls represent roots, which tie her to the life map that has led her to the present. An inner strength is born from such ponderings, stimulating a boost of energy that is drawn upon for the subsequent part of the life map or journey ahead.



Essence
2008


Oil on Canvas

60 x 50 cm

"We each draw a world of line, form, and colour using ink. Our instrument is no more then a speck of consciousness, like a pencil point moving across a blank piece of paper. ... Could anything be more mysterious and at the same time more miraculous?" (Chopra, 2004 p. 251.)
This painting featured on front cover of Connect Magazine:
http://beeuniversal.org/?p=246


Judith
2008

Oil on Canvas

100 x 80cm

Our client commissioned a contemporary classic painting to tell the story about the human condition and human's poor relationship with the earth.

Artistic themes are inspired from Gustav Klimt's Judith and HolothrenI, although Judith is shown here holding planet earth, rather than a severed head.



Shine

2008

Acrylic & Oils on Canvas

50 x 60 cm

"It is our fear of giftedness that complicates life. All problems have at their root the fear of taking the next step in life and the fear of acknowledging our gifts and talents. These so called problems are resolved with ease and simplicity by simply acknowledging our life enhancing gifts and unwrapping our Presence." (Dr Chuck Spezzano.)

 




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Sparkle



Dancer & Shattered
2006
Oil on Canvas
100 x 80cm each
Model in studio. Two from a series of three paintings.Dancer was an in kind contribution. Shattered is now a part of the Mt Isa Council Collection.









Icyellow

2005

Acrylic/Oil on Canvas

80 x 45cm

This piece is inspired by Gustav Klimt's Water Serpents II, 1904-07. The intention was to hone in on the upper portion and face of the main serpent. I am pleased with the way a spiritual sense of tranquility and abandonment has been captured.

 

 




Life Drawing.

2003

Model in studio

Pen on paper

A lady that's nude
is a sight to adore.
There is nothing rude
only a woman to draw.

With a face to behold
she sits so still,
I can make her seem bold
with ink and a quill
.

Poem by Gary Warne


Sisters

2002

Oil on Canvas

85 x 55cm

The Arch again aims to capture intrigue of what lies in the next room. The two dolls being sisters, one with hands facing up, to symbolize a need to understand one's reality. The other doll's hands are shown facing down to show denial. The feather is another reoccuring element within the work, used to denote hope.

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

 




















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Cherie Blossom Art

Flora and Fauna
Totem Animals & Nature



Wolf Totem
2017

Oil on canvas
50 x 40cms

Commissioned by one sister for another to help her during her time of stress.

Animal Totem ~ Wolf:
Wolves have been long regarded by Native Americans as teachers or pathfinders. Wolves are fiercely loyal to their mates, and have a strong sense of family while maintaining individualism. They are truly free spirits, even though their packs are highly organized. Traditionally, someone with Wolf Medicine has a strong sense of self, and communicates well through subtle changes in voice inflection and body movements. Wolf's medicine includes facing the end of one's cycle with dignity and courage, death and rebirth, Spirit teaching, guidance in dreams and meditations, instinct linked with intelligence, social and family values, outwitting enemies, ability to pass unseen, steadfastness, skill in protection of self and family, taking advantage of change.

http://www.crystalinks.com/totemanimals.html

 

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Black Palm Cockatoo ~ Pearl
2016

Oil on canvas

100 x 80 cm

I was privileged and delighted to be commissioned to paint a beautiful juvenile Australian Black Cockatoo (Probosciger Aterrimus), named Pearl as a Birthday gift.

"According to advice from the Commonwealth’s Threatened Species Scientific Committee, the palm cockatoo faces extinction through the loss of suitable nesting hollows arising from the cumulative impact of fire, cyclones, and mining. In addition, Queensland’s weakened vegetation laws now leave its habitat vulnerable to clearing for agriculture" (Picone, A. [2016], An Endangered Cockatoo).

 

 

 

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Red Robin a Symbol of Love for my bebe Brother
2015-2016

Oils on canvas

30 x 30cm

A Red Robbin at the centre of this work is reminiscent of a childhood game once played in the tree tops with my younger brother.

The Robbin here is surrounded by the flower of life symbol; a geometrical flower composed of multiple evenly-spaced, overlapping circles, arranged in a flower like pattern. The Flower of Life having a spiritual significance and often linked to meditative mandalas.

The combinations of these personally symbolic images are captured in a semi-golden ring, representing a halo for my brother; all cosily framed by a patchwork style quilt. The latter to portray that I wished I could have provided more comfort for him during his death.



Bugs Life
2016
Graphite on paper and card

25 x 20 cm each

I love the microscopic intricacies, patterns and details found in nature and all creatures great and small
...

Healing Tree

2015

Sealed Acrylic Mural Work

290 x 390 cm


This tree was designed for Uniting Care Community, Townsville and was imagined around the notion of healing.

 

Natures Peace will flow into you as Sunshine flows into Trees...

John Muir

 

 

 

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Escape from the Carousel

2014

Oil on canvas

100 x 80cm

Reminiscent of the Horses on carousel rides at carnivals; as a child I imagined when no one was around they would come alive and escape, to run wild and free.

I actually painted this image without realising it aligned nicely with the Chinese Astrology for 2014: the year of the Horse. The Horse sign being noted as: clever, kind to others, popular among their friends, active at work & they refuse to give into failure.

On our drives into the country when we were young our Mother used to tell us to make a wish when we saw a white horse as they were auspicious and good luck.

My mother was a skilled artist and taught me how to draw in a more serious way at aged 8... Later in life I became my Mother's carer for a year and a half and she often pottered in to watch me painting this piece; telling me it was her favorite work I had done, as she loved horses so much. The next year she passed away and we placed her ashes in a beautiful white and gold horse urn.


Cairns Ukulele Festival 2013

Uke Art Exhibition
Exhibited in the Marina Pier
Shopping Centre, CBD - Cairns.
28 June, until 12 July

One of the highlights of the Cairns Ukulele Festival is the Uke Art Exhibition, featuring the works of over fourty artists who have all contributed to help raise money for charity.

All profits from the exhibition auction going to the local branch of the Salvation Army

http://cairnsukulelefestival.net/2013/

Cherie's Ukulele: Oils on Wood, with Diamanté’s. Featuring: and trade mark Swirls.

The reoccurring theme of swirls may be imbedded in the artists subconscious mind drawn from having lived in New Zealand for seven years as a child; surrounded by beautiful Maori carvings and the native Punga fern (Cyathea dealbata).




In kind contribution



Awen Flowers

2011

Ink on silk

25 x 35cm

A subtle energy that permeates all that is flows here through these simplified flowers.

Again incorporating the
reoccurring swirl motif inspired from a childhood spent in New Zealand; surrounded by beautiful Maori carvings and the native Punga fern (Cyathea dealbata).

 





Pheonix Rising

2011

Oil on canvas

100 x 100cm

During my 1st Social Work placement, at a local Townsville Youth Shelter I was asked by a Case Manager to do a work to depicting the youths journey from rising up out of the ashes, overcoming their adversity, to shine. He supplied an image idea and this painting was the result.

 






Rose

2010 (Commission)

Oils on Canvas

100 x 100 cm

This painting was created for a great man who recently passed away. He loved his garden and especially this breed of Rose; so his family commissioned this painting in his loving memory. He will be missed dearly…








 


Frangipanis
2010 (Commission)

Oils on Canvas

66 x 102cm

Heady perfume wafting in the night
Beautiful fragrance such a delight

Raindrops glisten on pastel petals
More splendid then precious metals

At their end pirouetting to the ground
Frangi panis brief splendour wilts turning brown



Portrait of Lucy & Apollo
2010 (Commission)

Oils on Canvas

50 x 50cm

Some are called Rover
And they all love to lick
Some can rollover
While others fetch a stick

They're a man's best friend
But can be a woman's too
By your side till the end
With a faithfulness that's true

They'll always be there
Forever mine
a life to share
With our trusty K9s
Poem by Gary Warne



Tropical North Butterfly
2010

Oils on Canvas

50 x 50cm each

They flutter and fly
In the air so light
In a clear blue sky
Their colours are bright

They'll land on you
Like a meet and greet
And it's actually true
They taste with their feet

They can mean success
Or rebirth of the soul
You’re sure to be blessed
No matter their role

Like angels arriving
From heaven above
It's not surprising
They can also mean love…


Gecko
2010

Oils on Canvas

50 x 50cm

With suction capped feet
They’ll stick to your wall
It’s quite a feat
Even the ceiling they crawl

A cute little lizard
That can see in the dark
Like a reptile wizard
Can even look like bark

In the blackness of night
Their chirping echoes
Calling till light
To other geckos

Poem by Gary Warne

 


Tropical North Frog
2010

Oils on Canvas

50 x 50cm

Northern Tropics
Shear features
So exotic
Many creatures

Deep and lush
Colours of green
Stroke of a brush
Makes them gleam

Branch of a tree
Or fallen log
So much to see
Just like my frog
Poem by Gary Warne




Tropical North Butterfly
2010

Oils on Canvas

40 x 40cm each

They flutter and fly
In the air so light
In a clear blue sky
Their colours are bright

They'll land on you
Like a meet and greet
And it's actually true
They taste with their feet

They can mean success
Or rebirth of the soul
You’re sure to be blessed
No matter their role

Like angels arriving
From heaven above
It's not surprising
They can also mean love…


Orchids
2009

Water Colour - Pencils on Paper

30 x 21cm each

In French it's a Fleur
In English a Flower
In life they stir
Feelings that shower

Whether good or bad
They touch our soul
Whether happy or sad
They have their role

In love and romance
Or death and despair
They trigger a trance
We all can share

From seed to bloom
The flower with pollen
They play us a tune
That's joyful or solemn.

Poem by Gary Warne







Made in Queensland - Australia
© C.J.Payne


Bugs
2009

Graphite on paper

30 x 21cm each

When it’s warm
They’re everywhere
Many are graceful
Flying in the air

They have six legs
Sometime eight
Laying eggs
Must procreate

Many found
Forest floor
In the trees tops
Many more

Little crawlies
Every where
Nature’s gifts
We all share
Poem by Gary Warne & Cherie Payne

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A Honey Bird Appeared
2009
Oils on Canvas
80 x 100cm

Through a fortunate stroke of serendipity, a honey bird appeared and is reminiscent of finding a weakened Honey bird when residing in Cairns in 2000. After cyclone Steve's devastating effect on the local flora and fauna, there were no flowers left for the honey birds so we took him home and gave him honey and sugar water until he was strong enough to release him back into the wild where we found him.

"Severe Tropical Cyclone Steve was a tropical cyclone that affected northern Australia from 27 February 2000 until 11 March 2000. Cyclone Steve was noted for its longevity and traversal of northern and western Australia".
[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyclone_Steve]



One for Chloe
2007
Oils on Canvas
80 x 100cm

This painting was completed for my niece Shareene, who struggled with the loss of her close friend Chloe, amongst others, during the Bali bombing, terrorist attack. Chloe's life was cut short, she was so young and on the threshold of the rest of her life; as symbolised here by this freshly bloomed frangi pani.
A portion of the memorial sculpture, in memory for the Bali Bombing victims, has been included in the lower right-hand corner of this work. The sculpture was designed by artist Sasha Reid and erected at Coogee headland, NSW; Coogee also being a place reminiscent for extended family picnics & BBQ's when growing up in the Sydney region.

The memorial Sculpture is noted for:
The three linked figures...signifying family, friends and community. Bowed in sorrow and remembrance, they comfort, support and protect each other, [http://www.randwick.nsw.gov.au/community/whats-on/bali-memorial].


Loftin

2005

100 x 45cm

Oil in Canvas

Another place another time... Having friends who live abroard I often find myself travelling to far-away places in my imagination.

 

 

 

 

 


A Metaphor for Life

2003

oil on canvas

42 x 42cms

A pruned pomander tree is shown in the foreground of a calm setting. This image is indicative of socially acceptable behavior, as no matter how much may be going on under the surface we are accustomed to keeping a level of control. A freestanding white feather is again associated with hope. The inclusion of the displaced curtain along the edge is a subtle hint that dysfunctions exist within our society.

 

Noosa House, Qld



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© C.J.Payne
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Cherie Blossom Art

Mandalas, Water Crystals,
Circular Art




Another Mandala
2016

Oil on canvas

100 x 70 cm

I enjoy the calming escape falling into yet another Mandala painting, almost reminiscent of a stained glass church window.

 

“Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray.”
Rumi

 

 

 

 

 

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Candy Skull...
2016

Oil on canvas

45 x 45 cm

A Candy Skull for my niece Maddy, who misses her Dad every day... & more recently her Grandmother. Sugar skulls represent departed souls and can be a gentle reminder to help us focus on the sweeter memories we have with our loved ones who have passed away.

The idea of the Candy Skull tradition is Mexican; where families choose to celebrate the lives of their dearly departed friends and relatives as an opposite to most cultures that tend to mourn the dead… the skull symbolizes death but in a positive manner. In Mexico it is believed that death is not the final stage in one’s life but rather a step forward into a higher level of conscience (Anabela Gavrilova: 2013).


Mandala - Peace

2015

Sealed Acrylic Mural Work

150 x 150 cm


This Mandala was another mural design for Uniting Care Community, Townsville and again planned around the notion of healing.

To Love and be loved is the greatest happiness of existance.

Sydney Smith


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Dream Catcher

2014

Oil on canvas

Dream Catcher Lore:

Native Americans believe that the night air is filled with dreams both good and bad. The dream catcher when hung over or near your bed swinging freely in the air, catches the dreams as they flow by. The good dreams know how to pass through the dream catcher, slipping through the outer holes and slide down the soft feathers so gently that many times the sleeper does not know that he/she is dreaming. The bad dreams not knowing the way get tangled in the dream catcher and perish with the first light of the new day.

http://www.dream-catchers.org/#

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Diversity Should be Treasured
2012

Oil on canvas

120 x 100cm

"The ocean of infinite consciousness gives birth to billions of souls in this world. Expressing itself as the infinite diversity of life, and yet its nature remains the same. It’s always there. It never disappears; it only transforms. So, too, we do not lose our soul, our true essence, as we transform into all of these molecules, all of these minds, all of these bodies, all of these relationships. Just in life, so beyond death there is continued transformation of that which we call individual."

Deepak Chopra

 

Gifted to the Townsville Hosptial Social Work Department.




Love - Water Crystals

2010/11

Acrylic on canvas

45 x 55 cm

Reminiscent of a mandala, a spiritual and relaxing endeavor to create, these designs were again
inspired by Dr Masru Emoto's research into water crystals.
http://www.masaru-emoto.net/

His discoveries are amazing
and beautiful!




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Thankyou

2008

Acrylic on wood panel

40 x 60 cm

Inspired by Dr Masru Emoto's research into water crystals. http://www.masaru-emoto.net/

I found his dicoveries amazing and beautiful! This is my interpretation of a water crystal photographed by Dr Emoto, which had been exposed to the word Thankyou.

 



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Om Daksham Namah

2008

Oil on Canvas

80 x 100 cm

This was an experimental work aiming to capture flexibility. As explained by Deepak Chopra in his book titled, The Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga "...actions acheive maximal benefit with little effort... like the blossoming of a flower, or the movement of the stars, you do not see nature straining. There is a rhythm and balance in the natural world." (Chopra, 2004 Pp: 60-61).
So allowing my brush to flow this peice came into being...




Cherie Blossom Art

Portraits




Soldier for my Son
2017

Oil on canvas

75 x 60cms

A painiting gifted to my all grown up son, inspired by his love of the game Diablo III; he requested a Crusades style soldier. Created with an intention to include his facial features into the image.

 



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Elvis Portrait

Coloured pencil & pastel on card


30 x 21cm


“Maybe I didn't treat you
Quite as good as I should have...
Maybe I didn't love you
Quite as often as I could have...
Little things I should have said and done
I just never took the time...
You were always on my mind
You were always on my mind”


Elvis Presley








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Portrait of Sebastian #3

2004

Pastels and Water colour on Magnani Paper.
80 x 50 cm

My early life of ambition
could never have foreseen
the gift of my Sebastian

A son of unexpected glory
That has shaped my soul
With a never ending story

Touched by an Angel above
I was unexpectedly blessed
By my sweet little boy so full of love
Poem by Gary Warne




Portrait of Sebastian #2

2004

Graphite on Magnani Paper.

80 x 50 cm

 

 

 

 

 




Portraits of Sebastian

1997 - 2011

Pastels, Graphite,
Acrylics & Oil on canvas



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Arched Hedge Series
Symbolic works




Mother's Going - it's Time to Say Goodbye...
2016

Oil on canvas

100 x 80cm

The two dolls a symbol for sisters, one dark haired and one light depicting opposite personality traits. Clothed similarly in dresses hand made by Mother. The teddy bear remiscent of childhood days gone by. The yellowing arched hedge a symbol of the Mother figure who has recently passed away. This art work aims to capture that sense of isolation felt while grieving; and of questioning what next...

 

 

 

 

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Departure Point #4 - Work in Progress
2016
Oils on Canvas
80 x 100cm

Another in the winding path/arched hedge series.
The arched hedge symbolising the mother figure, with the trees alongside symbolising the offspring. The three shimmery yellow/gold coloured trees representing three of the seven children that have now passed away. Their positioning shown in birth order.

The archway acting as an entry point to the world for example a mother's womb. Yet the winding path that leads out and beyond the horizon line, seen through the arch, also being an exit point from this world. The pathway being like a map that guides the departed loved ones to a safe haven located in the metaphysical realm. A fountain of water is also shown here as a symbol for purification of the soul once on the other side.


Departure Point #3
2008
Oils on Canvas
80 x 100cm

Another in the winding path/arched hedge series.
The arched hedge symbolising the mother figure, with the trees alongside symbolising the offspring. The two shimmery yellow/gold coloured trees representing two of the seven children that have passed away. Their positioning shown within birth order.
The archway acting as an entry point to the world for example a mother's womb. Yet the winding path that leads out and beyond the horizon line, seen through the arch, also being an exit point from this world. The pathway being like a map that guides the departed loved ones to a safe haven located in the metaphysical realm. An Angel is shown here as a means of comfort for those dealing with loss.


Departure Point No# 2.
2008

Oil on Canvas

100 x 80cm

This work is dedicated to another brother who recently passed away. In this work there are two trees, one on either side of the arch, representing the two lost siblings. Unlike Departure Point No#1 no gate is found in this painting, as the earlier departed brother acts as a guide making it a smoother transition so to speak. Each tree defined in a shimmery yellow/gold, unlike the deeper greens of the surrounding foliage. The winding path again used as a symbol for our souls journey through life then on into the afterlife. The lop-sided curtain being a reoccuring element throughout my work.



Beyond One's Comfort Zone

2006

Oil on Canvas

100 x 80cm

This painting is about stepping out of the square we sometimes find ourselves living in.
It is important to continue to push beyond one's comfort zone...

 

 






Beyond

2004

Oil on Canvas

100 x 88cm

Arches and winding pathways are reoccurring elements within my work symbolizing one's journey through life. The gate represents obstacles that we sometimes encounter and learn how to unlock, in order to move beyond.

 




Ciao Bella, Townsville.


Departure Point #1

2003

Oil on canvas

100 x 80cm

This painting is very special as it was dedicated to my brother who died. It came together so beautifully. Another archway, this time it has moved beyond the confines of an interior. The gate leading up to the archway represents a choice to move beyond. The seven trees are associated with the seven siblings. Four aligned on one side and three on the other. Arranged in birth order, the lone tree positioned within the arch is the brother who passed over.

 


The Pawn in the Game of Life

2002

Oil on Canvas

100 X 100cm.

The archway is a common element within my paintings. The lighting sets the mood of mystery, the archway helps to capture a context for this mood by leading into another room lying just beyond the pictorial field. By intention, this withholding of information, in the sense of a room that cannot be seen, triggers the intrigue. This notion aligns with my personal yearning to comprehend subjects of a metaphysical nature.










Aboriginal Art Work
Fertility ~ by Nuuna


2011

Acrylic on Canvas

45 x 60cm


I appreciate Aboriginal artwork and their culture.

Nuuna is an artist based on the Sunshine Coast Queensland.

Her colours and designs are beautiful and I am grateful for this gorgeous painting she created for me.







Le Kiss pillow case


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Please contact the artist via email: cherie@cherieblossomart.com



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© C.J.Payne

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Cherie Blossom Art

Earlier Works

Acrylics, Oils, Collage, Textile, Lithography, Encaustic



A Lil Box of Dreaming (2)

2008

Oil on Canvas

60 x 50 cm

This painting is based on a dream that I had a few years ago while still at university. In dream interpretations to dream of a brightly coloured butterfly traditionally symbolises prosperity and success. Or rebirth and transformation. Either way I like to think it was an auspicious dream promising a bright and happy future.

 



A lil box of me (1)
2008


Oil on Canvas

60 x 50 cm

The swirls encapsulated within this box symbolise my inner emotions, locked tight. Only a few have been allowed entry to my inner world. Located in warm, safe surroundings a light breeze is blowing through the open window reflecting a gentle nature. The quirky, swirling curtain also a reflection of character. The colours are deep, passionate yet mysterious.


Egyptian Secrets
2007

Oil on Canvas

60 x 100cm

". . . Leave behind the material world, and imagine yourself immeasurably expansive. Rise out of time to eternity. Believe that for you nothing is impossible. See that you are immortal and learned in every art and science. Be at home in the haunts of every living creature. Make yourself higher than the highest and deeper than the depths. Embrace within yourself all opposites-heat and cold hard and fluid. Think yourself everywhere at once on land, at sea, in heaven.. . ."
The Hermetica: The Lost Wisdom of The Pharaohs. (1999) T. Freke & P. Gandy.



Perc's Purses

2006

Oil on Canvas

Each 45 x 45 cm

The concept here revolved around Purses for a Perc Tucker exhibition. Each purse is aimed at capturing a mixture of local, Townsville female characters. The basket symbolic of an older laid back country style woman. The heart purse represents a younger funky chick on the go. The green swag style purse aimed to capture a nature loving type of woman, incorporating the Australian Aboriginal colors in the background. The last purse being yellow with embroidered diamantes, highlighting the more sophisticated or elegant women of Townsville



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© C.J.Payne
cherieblossomart@hotmail.com

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Entwined

2006

Oil on Canvas

45 x 100cm

This Triptych is about the inevitability of souls that are destined to come together. In this instance the smallest purple ring is a newborn soul making its way towards the chosen parents. The soul selects the most appropriate parents in order to learn all that is needed for maximum spiritual growth.



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Mother Series

2006

Oil on Canvas

45 x 45cm each

Circles/spheres associate with feminine energy. The swirls interwoven in the images again depict the awen energy. The smaller circles/spheres symbolise the mothers babes'. The swirls signifying entwined destinies.

 






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Illumination

2006

Oil on Canvas

100 x 80cm

Continued research for honous thesis led me to discover Hildegard von Bingen's vision of an Afterlife... Her writings include nine books and seventy poems. Mostly based on the heavenly visions she experienced beginning at the age of three, which continued throughout her life... Central to this exploration is a personal desire to not only comprehend the notion of an afterlife but also find solace when dealing with the death of loved ones. This work takes different elements from some of her poems and some of her art work - combining it all together to create this peice depicting her visions of an after life.





Jacob's Ladder

2006

Oil on Canvas

85 x 45 cm

During my honours research for A Pictorial Compendium of an Afterlife; this work was inspired by some of the famed early print makers - including Wenceslaus Hollar (1607 – 1677) and beautiful works by Albrecht Dürer (1471 – 1528) combined to create this work as a means of capturing what Heaven may look like...



 

 


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Made in Queensland - Australia
© C.J.Payne



My Mother's Chair

2003

Oils on Canvas

100 x 80cm



And Then Were Three

2003

Oils on Canvas

100 x 80cm


The candelabra figure, a symbol for Mother, holds up her three children. Our Mother had seven children, although by the time the youngest three children came along the older four brothers were living independently. The wafting candle smoke is symbolic of spiritual leanings. The power point socket comparable to Edvard Munch’s (1863 - 1944), painting The Scream.




Life is but a Dream

2003

Oil on canvas

88 x 53 cm

The vase or vessel holds a dried out branch, each stem being associated with the various paths ways or cross roads we have encountered in life. It is depicted in a harsh manner as it was completed around the time that one of my brothers was dying and I was angry that he had such a tough journey in life. Through the archway is a glimmer of light, which is linked to a sense of hope that life may be brighter around the next corner..







Enviro Disarray

2002

Encaustic crushed rocks and oil paint on canvas

80 x 95

Crushed rocks to symbolise crushed hope regarding the enviromental destruction of our world...

 

 



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The Kosovo Crisis
1999

Acrylic on canvas

80 x 65

This work was completed after seeing the nightly news stories showing the hardship of the local Kosovo community members fleeing for their lives - with whatever they could carry, in search for a safe haven. I was a young mum at the time with a baby of my own and seeing the Mothers struggling through the snow, with babies in arms really tore at my heart strings. I have friends who come from that region and it was also sad thinking about them watching their home land in such crisis.

Years later as fate prevailed, I ended up through Townsville's volunteer Nursing Home visiting program, being matched up to visit with an elderly Kosovo man, who had immigrated to Australia years earlier. Through him I have learnt about his home land & descriptions of its rugged beauty & the friendliness of the people. His mother remains in Kosovo and is now 93, I feel sad for him that he is now frail and wheel chair bound & likely to not see his homeland, or Mother again before departing this world. During visits I take him in printed pictures of his native Coastal region. Through this connection I too, have fallen in love with the splender of the land; which has inspired me to want visit Kosovo one day.



Made in - Australia by
© C.J.Payne
cherieblossomart@hotmail.com

0413337142