Cheryl Harley-Volz


Cheryl is an accomplished cowgirl having won various collegiate in goat tying and pro rodeo titles barrel racing and team roping. She was reared a “city kid” in Missouri but had the delight of visiting her mom’s two Colorado cattle ranches every summer. The days were spent riding horses all over Cripple Creek and Victor, working cows, brook trout fishing, trapping chipmunks, and exploring old gold mines. It was exquisite. Her father was an architectural engineer. His artistic gene must have been dominant too. He used to sit Cheryl down in his study with pencils, paper, erasers, French curves, scales, and erasing shields. She was entertained for hours. She still has an affinity for pencils and what they can do. Precision and a draftsmanship quality are prevalent in her drawings. These two hereditary traits are well-partnered in Cheryl’s art with the beloved pencil being her forte. She loves the Western attitude and revels in competition, believing in the intense work inherent to both. While still in high school, Cheryl studied drawing at the Kansas City Art Institute. She has a BFA in drawing and painting from Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, Colorado. Her father said she majored in art and minored in horses. He might have had it backwards. Cheryl later studied drawing and painting at Western States College, Gunnison, Colorado, and earned her art teaching license from Colorado State University.

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