Cheri says she began painting because, "I had the sense that I could." Primarily figurative, her use of bold colors, textures, and mediums creates an overtone of contemporary expressionism and has been described as "emotionally provocative and personal." Her work has been featured in magazines and exhibitions in Atlanta, New York, Philadelphia, Asheville, and throughout the Southeast.
Sue is active in the local arts scene and currently coordinator of the local plein air group, Asheville Urbam Landscape Painters . Sue says she loves to paint the landscape. "I enjoy the wholesome nature of the small family farms, and I am awestruck by the stunning beauty of these mountains, with the grand vistas, seasonal colors, rich woodlands, waterfalls, and ancient rocks."
While his business career had been highly rewarding, Robert knew at some point he would return to his first love, his lifelong interest in painting. Robert's inspiration to paint "comes both from a desire to capture what I see as well as to gain a mastery of color, drawing, and brush effect. I have always been drawn to the emotional power of paintings and how great, painted works can inspire and enthrall the viewer."
A native of Western North Carolina, Michael likes to draw on site with pencil, ink, watercolor and oil. His studio work is primarily oil on canvas. Michael says, "I paint and draw landscapes with the intention of describing not only the visual qualities of a place, but also the experience of being there."
As well as the paintings of these four artists, those of the other 27 gallery members will be on display and for sale through the month of January. For further information about this show, contact Asheville Gallery of Art at (828) 251-5796, or visit the gallery website at www.ashevillegallery-of-art.com