Cheryl Wnuk

Artist Statement and Background

My drawings are about places that attract me by their mystery and beauty.


I refer to photos to intuitively capture the qualities of light and mood; and memory, to recall the emotional effect these places have on me.


The qualities that I try to capture become poetic expressions of my own inner state as much as they are recreations of a given, external locale.


My goal is to be open to my subliminal consciousness, and to charge the image with as much feeling as possible.


The expressive interpretation of nature as felt, not just seen, is what drives my artistic vision.


State University of New York at Buffalo

BA in Fine Arts

International School of Art in Todi, Italy

Advanced Art and Art History Classes, 1989



East Aurora Outdoor Arts Festival 2015

First Place Pastel

East Aurora, NY

East Aurora Outdoor Arts Festival 2013

Second Place Pastel

East Aurora, NY

Colden Arts Festival 2012

First Place Drawing

Colden, NY

National Pastel Exhibition 1999 

Third Place

Impact Gallery, Buffalo, NY

Rental Sales Gallery Collection 1999

Curator's Choice

Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY

County Initiative Program Fellowship 1992

Grant Recipient

Awarded by the Arts Council of Buffalo & Erie County

Selection in Pastel & Small Works Show, 1992

Juror: Wolf Kahn, Windham Art Gallery, Brattleboro, VT