Biography

Cheryl Wnuk

Artist Statement and Background

My drawings are about places and views of everyday landscape scenes that attract me by their beauty & energy.

 

As a daily ritual, I take walks with my dog Luna, taking in my surroundings, sometimes a camera in hand.  I walk every day no matter what the weather, my personal spriitual undertaking. I observe the landscape and all its qualities and unwieldiness; the vastness of fields, the horizons, the trees and their mangled branches, the color, the tones, the shadows & light.

 

Back in the studio I refer to photos, but mostly my memory and experience to intuitively capture the emotional effect the landscape has on me. The results can be emotional recreations of a given external locale or more abstract poetic expressions of images; fields of color, tangled line, hidden light, hazy atmospheres. My goal is 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.

Education

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

 

Awards

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