PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD WINNER
This month’s award goes to Cheryl Wildermuth, voted People’s Choice from the “All New England” Exhibit. Here is the interview with Cheryl.
How did you discover your talent for your medium? As a child, both visual art and music were important to me. My parents recognized my passion for visual art and nurtured it by enrolling me in private art lessons when I was a preteen. Through those lessons, I explored a number of mediums. At age twelve, I was enamored with the Impressionists and received my first box of soft pastels. Unfortunately, at that time, I did not receive much instruction using pastels. I remember working on a piece of sandpaper and I wore my fingerprint off. My finger was so smooth, feared it would not reappear! As an adult, I revisited pastel and studied pastel with Rosalie Nadeau. Since then, I have studied with many master pastelists and as a lifelong learner, continue to study and learn.
Which artist has influenced you most? It is difficult to choose just one artist who has influenced me most. Paintings by George Inness have always invoked a strong emotional response in me.
What do you enjoy the most about working in this medium? The immediacy of working in pastel is convenient and quite gratifying as it combines drawing skills with the joy of layering color.
How do you describe your artwork? My artwork is a painterly form of realism. Capturing the way light spills across an object or landscape, or depicting cast shadows, excites me.
Tell us about your creative process. Working from my own images and from life, I begin my paintings with a warm color underpainting. Most of the time, I use alcohol to set the first layer of pastel. Then, the fun of layering colors begins.
Is there anything you want people to take away from your work?
I attempt to draw viewers into my paintings through pathways, color, and light. Hopefully, viewers feel my love of nature and color.
Apart from creating things, what do you do? A year ago, I retired from a wonderful career as a visual arts teacher. Now, I have the time to fulfill my desire to paint. Another passion of mine is sailing. My husband and I sail our catboat as often as we can. We also love hiking and finding landscape scenes that inspire my next painting.
What is your website? You can see more of my work at www.cherylwildermuth.com “Fall Display”, Pastel CONGRATULATIONS! CHERYL WILDERMUTH, CCAC Master Artist
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