A daughter, a sister, a wife, a mother, a friend, an artist and a speech pathologist; Cheri Fry is all of these things and more. She became a member of LAAG in 2012 and is also a member of Louisiana Watercolor Society, Associated Women in the Arts, National Watercolor Society and Oil Painters of America. She is a vivacious, energetic and uplifting personality. She speaks thoughtfully, consciously and enthusiastically about art and life. It is no wonder her paintings are so emotive; she clearly channels that inner "spark" into her art.
A native Louisianan, Cheri Fry says she has always been interested in art; she saved all of her childhood art projects. Her parents, husband and children are all artistic in painting, music, woodworking and other creative venues. Thanks to her parent's support of her interest in art, at the age of 14 Cheri began taking art lessons with Larry Casso. At 17 she began assisting Larry with the children's art classes and continued to teach with Larry for 13+ years. She still paints in Larry's adult class each week, in addition to painting with Libby Johnson and participating in LAAG's Life Drawing sessions with Steve Shamburger.
When marriage, motherhood and work left her with little time to devote to painting, she took a several year hiatus from painting to raise her family. Cheri says her art got "jumpstarted" when their middle daughter, Camille, became ill. They spent hours painting together during Camille's 13 month battle with cancer. After Camille passed, at age 15, painting became part of Cheri's healing process. Cheri returns to St. Jude's Hospital twice annually to paint with the young patients and their parents. Camille's paintings are on display at St. Jude's Hospital. Cheri is currently organizing a painting program for pediatric patients and their families at Our Lady of Lake Hospital for this summer.
Cheri says she does not experience "painter's block" because she always has a list of painting ideas waiting for her attention. She always has two paintings going at one time ... one oil and one watercolor. She is skilled in several mediums including, watercolor, acrylics, oil, graphite and charcoal. When asked about her favorite medium: "I feel at home with watercolors ... but oils ... oils draw me in". She believes value studies before painting are invaluable to establish light and shadow interest . She said, over the years her palette has become more limited resulting in continuity and harmony in her colors. Cheri began primarily painting animals/wildlife ... said she always had a fear of watercolor portraits. Then one day in a Joe Fettings workshop the summer of 2012, she discovered she had a natural ability for painting figures. She is intrigued by the abstractness of their surroundings and the feelings emitted by the person.
A few of Cheri's favorite artists are John Singer Sargent, Ted Kautzky, William Bouguereau and more recently she discovered Andre Khon an oil/charcoal artist. Her tip for beginning artists; "Study your black and whites, lots of sketching, study value - don't be afraid to start over."
Cheri will consider commissions and is available for instruction. Don't miss her oil painting workshop this June at the LAAG Studio in the Park. Her teaching philosophy: "I teach the process of creating successful paintings".
Mayor's Office Show Take-in
Now until April 23
Studio in the Park
Alan Flattmann - Landscapes, Cityscapes and Portraits in Pastels
Studio in the Park
Fairwood Library Take-in
Fairwood Library 12910 Old Hammond Hwy
Roberta Loflin - Paint the Town Red watercolor classes