Contemporary Abstract Expressionist
PAINTINGS THAT EXPLORE THE CONNECTION BETWEEN REALISM AND ABSTRACTION, BALANCING BOLD GESTURAL ART WITH SENSITIVE EXPRESSION…
“Kauai and Charlotte, NC based artist Cheryl Johnson, folds energetic layers of color and texture with bold and singular dynamic marks that speak to us all. Adventurous taste, interested in everything beautiful.
Unquenchable curiosity, and bracing confidence in her skill set.
"In art as in life, anything is possible if it is based on love."Marc Chagall
“I am who I am because I’m doing what I want to do, not what I’m told to do.”Luchita Hurtado
"When you walk to the edge of all the light you have known, you must believe that one of two things will happen: There will be something solid for you to stand upon, or, you will be taught how to fly."
"Painting is my oxygen, my visceral response to the world. When I pull out my paint and prepare a canvas and make the first mark of paint I am alive. Whatever is happening around me or occuring in the outer world, when I paint, everything takes its rightful place. It is a state of grace for me.
Breathing and exhaling the world comes into you, you breathe with the world – there is no separation between the air, the world and you." Cheryl
"To dive deep and chase the sublime; that brave yet humble moment when we embark on a career of being an artist. We risk being seen as we strive to see ourselves.
Chasing the Sublime is why I paint. That plunge into the sheer beauty of nature for me instills a continual feeling of coming home. When I paint everything slips away and it is like diving into the river. That place on the shoreline of beginning that marks the first steps when you are dreaming of what might have been and is influenced by the memory of what was...where you are looking out into your hearts eye for inspiration and departure. It is the getting in we find hard..not being in. The water’s unique, sometimes erratic character is what keeps us coming back. You will never have the same swim twice. You might as well enjoy everyone. I am an artist. I am a painter"
- Cheryl Johnson.
WORKING PRIMARILY WITH OIL, ON CANVAS, CRAFTED WOOD PANELS OR PAPER, I STRIVE TO CREATE SIMPLE YET ARTICULATELY BALANCED COMPOSITIONS, WHERE COLOR COLLIDES WITH ABSTRACT FORMS.
Paintings that inventively use bold, saturated, and even hallucinatory color to activate perception. Color is the animating factor in her paintings. Infinite possibilities- radical gestures.
The art that you choose to enhance your home is a reflection of your personal style. It's important to select pieces that not only contribute to the décor and feeling of the room that they will be displayed in, but which bring you enjoyment when you look at them.
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Through the years in my art career I have worked with many interior designers. I would like to share some ideas. To me, Art collecting is all about surrounding yourself in beauty, and the painting you select will have a big impact. When decorating you can make slight color adjustments to any room to enhance the look of your paintings.
Here are a few ideas on how to design around your new painting: You can paint a wall a different color to complement or contrast with the colors in your painting. This simple color change will transform your whole room. If you have a painting that is predominantly warm. Warm colors — such as red, yellow, and orange; evoke warmth. In contrast you can,try a cool paint color, and vice versa. Examples of cool colors include green, blue and violet (think calming blue waters). Some designers or homeowners also use cool colors to enhance neutral white and grey walls.The complementary color will make the painting really pop. (For example, a painting with a darks and lights look beautiful on a blue wall.) Another way to bring the room together is to choose one of the predominant colors in the painting and add room accents in that color in the form of rugs, pillows, accent chairs, lamps, table decorations, etc. Another direction you can go to show off your art collection is to decorate your room entirely in white or neutral tones, which makes the paintings pop with color!
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