- Posted Nov 17, 2012
Cheryl Finfrock | Painter
Artmuse welcomes artist, Cheryl Finfrock. Always knowing she was an artist, she expresses her sense of the world through her art. Cheryl’s work is influenced by a rich list of bold artists such as Dubuffet and Miró. Her art begins with observations of the world around her and discovers stories to be shared using her visual language.
She has exhibited in New York, San Francisco, Austin, Houston, Berlin, Paris, Sofia, and Cophenhagen. Cheryl, a native Texan, returned to Austin in 2006 as a San Franciscan transplant. In addition to working as an artist, she teaches career development to artists.
Her “Secret Places” series on Artmuse.com explores triggered memories brought to life through the human experience. Through her use of color, shape, and composition Cheryl’s abstracts have a sense of physicality and motion about them. With her desire for x-ray vision, do-it-now perspective, Cheryl’s art offers a chance for you to find your sense of the world, too.
AM: What five words best describe you?
CF: Animated, quirky, colorful, tenacious, and impatience is one of my greatest virtues.
AM: Where did you grow up? Tell us a bit about your background.
CF: Growing up can take a long time, so I’ll include a few cities: Dallas, San Antonio, Austin, and San Francisco. I graduated from Trinity University in San Antonio, where I studied sculpture, welding and painting.
AM: What did you want to do or be when you grew up?
CF: An artist. This is how I find sense in the world.
Around the Corner and Through the Tunnel
CHERYL ON ART
AM: What makes a piece successful in your eyes?
CF: Formal considerations such as composition and use of color are important and intent — does the piece deliver what it promises?
AM: What inspires your work?
CF: Color. Breaking the world into shapes and lines. Common experiences and objects enhanced through visual attention.
AM: What is your process in creating a piece?
CF: Decipher chaos. Wrestle. Resolve.
AM: What are your thoughts on the growing accessibility and affordability of art via the Internet?
CF: It allows for an artist to broaden their audience and increase exposure. Also, educating the new art collector is key to holding up aesthetic standards.
AM: Why do you think art is important?
CF: Art reflects and creates culture. We all benefit from more culture in our lives.
AM: What piece of art would you most love to own?
CF: Joan Miro’s “Bleu II.”
AM: Favorite museum or gallery?
CF: Museum of Modern Art (MOMA).
CHERYL ON COLLECTING ART
AM: Who are your favorite artmuse.com artists and what do you like about their work?
CF: I especially like Andrea Pramuk’s work, specifically the inks on claybord. I like the air in her work and visual texture.
AM: What advice do you have for someone just starting their art collection?
CF: Buy what you fall in love with.
AM: What is your favorite piece in your own art collection?
CF: Sherman Chinsky’s paintings.
AM: What is Living Artfully to you?
CF: Really seeing your daily experience as color, line, and texture.
AM: Do you have any shows or projects you are currently working on?
CF: I am working on a body of work “Secret Places” and pitching a solo exhibit to a couple of places. I’ll be at my studio at Pump Project during E.A.S.T. I am currently showing at Gray Duck Gallery and at Kirchman Gallery.
AM: What are your plans for your art in the future?
CF: Continue my current body of work and create an installation within it.
AM: Do you have any hobbies?
CF: I like my dog, Skip.
AM: What are you most proud of?
CHERYL’S TOP FIVE
AM: Favorite food?
AM: If you weren’t an artist, what would you be?
CF: Six feet under.
AM: If you could have one super power–what would it be and why?
CF: X-ray vision with the ability to hold the gaze of a leprechaun. Wish-making.
AM: What is your personal credo or motto?
CF: Do it now.
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