American Folk Art Painter, Cheryl Bartley’s artistic talent was apparent from an early age when she produced her first works of art as a means of communication. Raised by a French speaking family, she relied on a paintbrush and a box of paint to express herself to her English speaking friends.
Her early love of expressing herself with her art resulted in working for over 25 years as a graphic artist in the manufacture of wallpaper and textiles. During these years, Cheryl developed the skills necessary to understand the technical aspects in the creation of wallpaper and textile design, color theory, computer design, market trends, and the proper care and utilization of quality artist materials.
Although trained as a graphic artist, Cheryl now unleashes her imagination and creativity from her “Folk Art Spirit” studio. The inspiration for her life long fascination with telling stories with paint is revealed in her folk art spirited creations. Each painting will enchant you with its detailed happy scenes of simpler times. She utilizes mixtures of vibrant colors to produce scenes from her imagination and actual places that are warm and inviting, vibrant and exciting. Her preferred medium is acrylic on canvas or wood, and watercolor on paper.
Her folk art collection can be seen at her gallery in Winchester Connecticut. Her paintings and prints are found in private collections and businesses worldwide. Cheryl holds a B.A. in Psychology with a portfolio in fine art.
“It feels good to disappear into my own world on my canvas. It can be a very healing experience to feel your stress melt away as you get lost in defining ways with color that makes you happy. I believe that creating art calls upon the natural healer within us and can lead us to spiritual healing. My personal journey of spiritual growth has manifested itself through creative expression with various artist mediums. I have lost myself and all my cares during this process because I am so engrossed in the moment. Nothing else matters. My breathing slows and my mind opens to all possibilities. The sense of accomplishment that comes with creating a joyful place is very healing to body, mind and spirit.”