Retired teacher and Pennsylvania artist, Cheryl Schlenker, painted throughout her teaching years as a hobby, but came back to painting full force upon retirement. Taking classes at the local art center gave Cheryl inclination to try watercolor, though at the time, she felt more in control with acrylic. However, Cheryl took time to get to know other teachers and students over several courses and years, and found a mentor-artist in Nancy Barch. "I was introduced to liquid acrylics and how to stretch both watercolor and acrylic to their advantage, even add the elements of collage, pastel, and pencil. This suits my style because I love drawing, and the superimposing line on paint is exciting to me, she shares. "I keep a rolling cart full of watercolor paints, acrylic paint tubes and bottles, pastels, colored pencils, charcoal, collage materials, gel mediums, inks, water soluble pencils and crayons, and gesso. I love working with different combinations of these items and am always discovering new effects."
|Part of the Tunisia Series|
Cheryl works in the values of the composition, abstracting the shapes of her subject, while maintaining their reality. Her vivid and poignant style reflects the work of master painter Paul Cezanne, while also mirroring modern subjects and the natural world around her, keeping her work beautifully representational. Cheryl's work lends itself to large flat brushes, for the bright shapes and thin lines as well as loose washes she creates.
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