"Patton Avenue Rain" by Asheville Artist Cheryl Keefer

LH020: Cheryl Keefer-Rainy Streets and Moody Mountains

"Twilight through Rain," 12x4.5" original oil painting by Asheville artist Cheryl Keefer
“Twilight through Rain,” 12×4.5″ original oil painting by Asheville artist Cheryl Keefer

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.

Asheville artist Cheryl Keefer
Asheville artist Cheryl Keefer

To connect with Cheryl and see more of her work:

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

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

"Patton Avenue Rain" 36x36" original oil painting by Asheville Artist Cheryl Keefer
“Patton Avenue Rain” 36×36″ original oil painting by Asheville Artist Cheryl Keefer
"Window Shopping," 24x20" original oil painting by Asheville artist Cheryl Keefer
“Window Shopping,” 24×20″ original oil painting by Asheville artist Cheryl Keefer
"Study for Red, White, and Blue" 12x9" original oil painting by Asheville artist Cheryl Keefer
“Study for Red, White, and Blue” 12×9″ original oil painting by Asheville artist Cheryl Keefer
"Conversation" 24x30" original oil painting by Asheville artist Cheryl Keefer
“Conversation” 24×30″ original oil painting by Asheville artist Cheryl Keefer
"The Mountains are Calling" 40x30" original oil painting by Asheville artist Cheryl Keefer
“The Mountains are Calling” 30×40″ original oil painting by Asheville artist Cheryl Keefer
"Autumn Stillness" 36x48" original oil painting by Asheville artist Cheryl Keefer
“Autumn Stillness” 36×48″ original oil painting by Asheville artist Cheryl Keefer
"Promise" 20x20" original oil painting by Asheville artist Cheryl Keefer
“Promise” 20×20″ original oil painting by Asheville artist Cheryl Keefer

 

 

 

 

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