Hello and welcome to my site! Thanks for visiting. Please feel free to browse my original art available for purchase, visit my Etsy store to view and purchase prints, notecards and smaller originals and check out my gallery to view some of my favorite pieces from over the years.
We are immersed in stories everyday. We use them to instruct, admonish, communicate and most importantly connect. Narratives bring points of view closer together. Tales bring other realms to life. Fables shape our understanding of the world. It is those powers of connection that drive me to create and the desire to shape a better world that inspires the stories I tell.
While young we are encouraged to use our imagination, see the world differently, tell tall tales. But as we age imagination gets edited out of our narratives. My work focuses on telling stories that bring these two perspectives back together and shape a world where the wonder of childhood and the wisdom of adulthood coexist.
Tall Tales and Felted Fables (2018 Show) is a special show bringing together work with different narrative styles. My single frame narrative paintings have a palpable story with an open ended plot. Every viewer tells a slightly different tale. The three dimensional presence of my needle felted sculptures suggests they have fallen out of their fables and into ours. Taking us from viewers to participants. My story board illustrations share an epic journey in a more traditional format while still allowing for interaction between the work and those who see it.
A life long creator in many media, I am currently concentrating on narrative watercolor/mixed media paintings and three dimensional needle felted sculptures. I hold a Bachelors of Science degree from James Madison University where I studied anthropology and art history. Art has always been my passion however so after graduating I became a self taught professional artist. My work is now represented by galleries in NC, CA and VA and is included in private collections through out the world. When not in the studio I am supporting my local arts community by serving on the board of trustees for Fayetteville’s Arts Council.
These are galleries that represent selections of my work.
Cheryl Watts Pottery & Gallery 417 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA 93943 (831)-655-0303
Leclair’s General Store 1212 Fort Bragg Road, Fayetteville NC 28305
MediaNoche 9200 Stoney Pointe Parkway, Richmond, VA 23235 (804)-335-0861
Glenn Allen Cultural Arts Center 2880 Mountain Road, Glenn Allen, VA 23060 (804)-261-6204
The Rocking Horse Gallery 803 Caroline Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22401 (540-371-1894)
Here is a sampling of some of the press I have gotten over the years. It’s always exciting and humbling to see your name in print!
Here is my recent video clip from Our State Magazine!
And an article in the Fayetteville Observer!