Born in Colorado and raised in Missouri, Cheryl has Western jeans in her genes and delighted in visits to her uncles Colorado ranches giving rise to a love of Western attitudes. The heart she has for the human soul and its connection to the spirit of animals comes to life in her work, giving a glimpse into her reality.
Cheryl studied at the Kansas City Art Institute, has a BFA in drawing and painting from CSU and earned a teaching certification for art K-12. She later studied at Western States College, Gunnison, Colorado. She enjoyed three years exhibiting in Celebration of Fine Art, Scottsdale, AZ.
Cheryl has a base of collectors across the United States and abroad and been juried into Women Artists of the West as a signature member, recently being invited to chair the Scholarship Program. She is also a Member with Distinction of Women Artists of the West. Her website, www.charleyart.net actively promotes her award-winning work. Fine Art Connoisseur, Journal of Print Making, Rodeo News, Horses in Art, and the Grand Junction Sentinel have all run feature articles on Cheryl. Her work graces the pages of the Grand National Livestock Show and Rodeo Event Guide as rodeo event illustrations 2013 and 2014 and multiple covers of The Line Rider, the monthly publication of Fellowship of Christian Cowboys. She was selected for the John Stevens Purchase Award at the Bosque Classic in 2019.