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About Me

I'M Cheryl

My love for painting began as a small child. As soon as I was able to hold a crayon I began obsessively making art. Around age 10, My parents found a private teacher for me and I began oil painting. Like mosts artists, I had a difficult time focusing in school unless I was in art class. My focus and skill led me to The High School for the Performing and Visual arts in Houston where I studied fine arts as well as classical music, but I always knew I would be a professional visual artist, I studied fine art at the University of Houston and began my professional career soon after. My early career was primarily focused on abstract expressionism, and shown primarily in Houston, TX. In the early 2000's I began showing in New York. First, briefly at STUX gallery, later, for many years with Lyons Wier Gallery, and finally from 2010 to 2019, with Bernarducci Meisel Gallery. Currently, I am represented by Anthony Brunelli Fine Arts in New York, and Scott Richards Contemporary art in San Francisco. In 2004 my abstract expressionism morphed into photorealism when I began to paint classic cars. I became well known in the art world for this subject matter and have appreciated years of press and success with these paintings. After Bernarducci Meisel closed its doors, I decided to branch out into new  subject matter, as well as revisiting abstract expressionism. Currently, I am working on figurative, landscape, animal and abstract paintings, and will soon be listing NFT's as well. Since I have stopped painting Classic cars for gallery shows, (I will continue to take commissions on this subject matter), I have decided to offer open edition prints as well as limited edition prints in my car painting gallery, thus making them affordable to everyone.

I have recently moved to Santa Fe, NM. The energy here is charged with creativity and I am continually inspired. The effect that this place has on me is still unfolding but every new piece draws me closer to my new voice. As an artist, it is nearly impossible to not paint the landscape here. It calls to you with all of its enchantments. All of my new work is inspired by this magical place and I am letting it reveal itself piece, by piece as I get to know myself in my new home. 

Career highlights

Solo Shows

  • 2018 Bernarducci Gallery, NYC
  • 2016 Scott Richards contemporary art, San Francisco, CA
  • 2015 Seven Bridges Foundation, Greenwich, CT
  • 2013 Samek Art Gallery, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA
  • 2013 Bernarducci Meisel, New York, NY
  • 2012 "Detailed" Scott Richards Contemporary Art, San Francisco, CA
  • 2010 Bernarducci Meisel, New York, NY
  • 2010 New Gallery, Houston, TX
  • 2009 "Heavy Metal", Scott Richards Contemporary Art, San Francisco, CA
  • 2009 New Gallery, Houston, TX
  • 2008 Lyons Wier Ortt, New York, NY
  • 2007 “Somnambulist” New Gallery, Houston, Tx.
  • 2006 “Wheels”, Lyons Wier Ortt Gallery, New York, NY
  • 2005 “Muscle Cars”, Lyons Weir Gallery, New York, NY
  • 2005 “American Muscle”, New Gallery, Houston TX
  • 2003 “Flight”, New Gallery, Houston, TX
  • 2002 “Self Portrait”, New Gallery, Houston, TX
  • 2001 New Gallery, Houston, TX
  • 1998 Artist’s Loft, Galveston, TX

Reviews and Publications

  • Oxford American, cover, summer 2017
  • Photorealism in the Digital Age by Louis Meisel, Nov 2013
  • Art News review, June 2013
  • Exhibition catalog, Bernarducci Meisel Gallery Feb. 2013
  • American Art Collector, February, 2013
  • San Francisco Weekly, blogs June 2012
  • Nob Hill gazette, Cover, San Francisco, CA June 2012
  • Visual Art Source weekly newsletter, June 22 2012
  • American Art collector, Nov. 2010
  • Harper’s Magazine cover, August, 2009
  • American Art Collector, Sept 2009
  • New York Times, The Moment, Dec. 15, 2008
  • Oranges and Sardines, summer 2008
  • The Morning News, May 2008
  • New American Painting, 2008
  • Houston Press, April 2007
  • New York Times, Oct. 2006
  • New American Painting, Oct. 2005
  • Animal Magazine, New York, NY, Sept. 2005
  • Village Voice, New York, NY, June 21 2005
  • New York Sun, May 31, 2005
  • Paper City Art Notes, 2005
  • Art Gallery, Houston Arts News Letter, Feb, 2005
  • Houston’s Other, July 2000
  • Art Lies, Summer 2000

Group shows

  • 2021 Art Museum of south Texas, Corpus Christie, TX.
  • 2021 Ella Carothers Dunnegan Gallery, Bolivar, MO
  • 2021 Museum of the Rockies, Bozeman, MO
  • 2020 The Michelle and Donald D’Amour Museum of fine Arts, Springfield, MO
  • 2020 Morris Museum of Art, Augusta, GA
  • 2019 Haggin Museum of Art, Stockton, CA.
  • 2019 Sangre de Christo Arts and Conference Center, Pueblo, CO
  • 2019 Saginaw Art Museum, Saginaw, M
  • 2018 Art Museum of South Texas, Luster, Corpus Christie
  • 2018 Maria V. Howard Art Center, Rocky Mount, NC
  • 2018 Dane G. Hansen Memorial Museum, Logan, KS
  • 2018 Museum of Arts and Sciences, Luster, Daytona Beach, FL
  • 2017 Bernarducci Gallery, NYC
  • 2013 Route 66, Skidmore Contemporary art, Malibu, CA
  • 2013 Photorealism Revisited, Oklahoma City Museum of Art
  • 2012 Photorealism, The Galerie de Bellefeuile, Cananda
  • 2012 Photorealism, The Galerie de Bellefeuile, Cananda
  • 2012 Beyond Reality. Hyper Realism and American culture Vero Beach Museum, Vero Beach, Florida
  • 2011 Hunting Prize finalist gala, Houston, TX
  • 2010 Grand Re-opening, Bernarducci Meisel, New York, NY
  • 2010 “Four Women”, Bernarducci Meisel, New York, NY
  • 2009 Hunting prize finalist gala, Houston, TX
  • 2008 Pulse Miami, Lyons Wier Ortt Gallery
  • 2008 Red Dot Miami, Scott Richards Contemporary
  • 2008 Aqua Hotel,Miami, New Gallery
  • 2008 Lyons Wier Ortt, works on paper, NYC, NY
  • 2008 Scott Richards contemporary, San Francisco, CA
  • 2008 Fotofest, New Gallery, Houston, Tx
  • 2008 LA art Fair, Scott Richards Contemporary
  • 2007 Bridge Art Fair, Art Murmur Gallery, Miami, F
  • 2007 Lyons Wier Ortt, NYC
  • 2007 “Sexy Beasts” Art Murmur Gallery, Los Angelas, Ca
  • 2005 “Auto Show,”The Arts Center of the Central Region,Troy, NY
  • 2005 Florence Bienalle, Florence, Italy
  • 2005 Art LA, Santa Monica Civic Center, Los Angelas, CA
  • 2005 Assistance league, Houston, TX.
  • 2004 Scope Miami, Miami, FL.
  • 2003 “Celebration of Contemporary Art,” The Woodlands Resort and ConferenceCenter, The Woodlands, TX
  • 2002 Paul Rodgers Gallery, New York, NY
  • 2002 Stefan Stux Gallery, New York, NY
  • 2002 Hooks Epstien Gallery Houston, TX
  • 2001 Skott Forman Gallery, Boca Raton, FL
  • 2001 Assistance League, Houston, TX
  • 2001 Visual Arts Alliance, Houston, Tx
  • 2001 National Art Services, Houston, TX
  • 2001 “Sultry,” Houston Community College, Houston, TX
  • 2000 New Gallery, Portrait Show, Houston, TX
  • 1999 New Gallery, Introductions, Houston, TX
  • 1999 Transco Tower Gallery, Houston, TX
  • 1999 HSPVA Alumni Exhibition, Houston, TX
  • 1999 Aragon/Mihalic Gallery, Taos, NM
  • 1999 Galleria Encantada, Taos, NM
  • 1999 Mixed Emotions Gallery, Houston, TX
  • 1998 Artist’s Loft, Galveston, TX
  • 1998 Perna Gallery, Taos, NM
  • 1998 Galveston Arts Festival, Galveston, TX
  • 1990 Lawndale Performance and Art Center, Houston, TX


  • 2012 Pollock Krasner Grant   


  • 2018 Humboldt State University, “Women in the art world” Arcata, CA
  • 2014 Seven Bridges Foundation, artist series, Greenwich, CT
  • 2013 Oklahoma City Museum of art, “Techniques of the photorealist painter”
  • 2010 Pearl Museum, annex of Museum of Fine Art Houston


  • Nima Taghavi, Newport Beach, CA
  • Richard and Karla McKenzie, Seven Bridges Foundation, Connecticut
  • Warren Silverberg, Los Angeles, CA
  • Jonathan Kellerman
  • Mr. & Mrs. Eliot Cutler, ME
  • Mr. & Mrs. Steven Shoflick, CO
  • Patti S. Lieberman, NY
  • Mr. John Campi, SC
  • Mr. & Mrs. Philip Cowen, NY
  • Mr. & Mrs. Dale Jones, NY
  • Mr. Linden Nelson, MI
  • Sandy Baklor
  • John Holt, Seattle, WA
  • Richard Massey, New York, NY
  • Howard Tullman, Chicago, Illinios
  • Don and Chris Sanders, Houston, TX
  • Lester Marks, Houston, TX
  • Anthony’s Restaurant, Houston, TX
  • Les Marks, Houston, TX
  • Tony Vallone, Houston, TX
  • Jerome and Saundria Gray, Houston, TX
  • Blake Pratz, Houston, TX
  • John & Becca Thrash
  • Dr. David Ross, London, UK
  • Jeff Shankman, Houston, TX
  • Matt Assiff, Houston, TX
  • Ed & Debrah Levy, Houston, TX
  • Lenny & Theresa Friedman, Houston, TX
  • Carrie Shapiro, New York, NY
  • Anthony & Dina Chase, Houston, TX
  • Aramco, Saudi Arabia
  • John Arnold, Houston, TX
  • Marilyn Vinson Georges, Houston, TX

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