While threatening weather might send other outdoor painters packing up, Asheville artist Cheryl Keefer is drawn to paint those rainy day landscapes and city scapes. In fact, a delightful segment of this interview is hearing Cheryl laugh about a recent time she started painting with good intentions to “branch out” by depicting a sunny day.
With a BS in Art Education and an MA in art history, Cheryl talks about having a long career in teaching, although not as a traditional art teacher. Now that she has moved to Asheville in retirement, she is able to devote herself to her longstanding love of painting, creating her work both plein air (outdoors) and at her studio in the River Arts District at Northlight Studios. She also enjoys using her plein air skills to paint on-site at weddings.
To connect with Cheryl and see more of her work:
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- visit her website at https://cherylkeefer.com
- follow Cheryl on Facebook
- visit her at her studio at Northlight Studios in the River Arts District of Asheville
- and also see her work in person at Asheville Gallery of Art, Seven Sisters Gallery in Black Mountain* and Up Against the Wall Gallery in Kingsport, TN (*Seven Sisters Gallery website is down at the time Cheryl’s podcast episode is being released)
Highlights of this interview include
- why Cheryl chooses to consider every painting an experiment
- how her childhood years living in a rural setting influenced her interest in cityscapes
- Cheryl’s take on teaching others to paint and her advice on what it really takes to learn to paint
- Cheryl talking about one of her favorite painting classes she has ever taught
Asheville artists mentioned during this interview
- Lorelle Bacon and her Local Hearted Podcast interview
- Sue Dolamore
- Wendy Whitson
- Elinor Bowman
- Molly Courcelle
- Bee Sieburg
Other artists mentioned during this interview
Resource for artists mentioned during this interview
- The Painter’s Keys – Although artist/author Robert Genn died in 2014, his daughter, artist Sara Genn continues his site and his newsletter “Twice Weekly Letters to Artists”
Other Examples of Cheryl’s work