February 2021 2D Featured Artist Cheryl Fausel
Cheryl Fausel combines realism with abstraction in her watercolors. There is a pursuit of control with a heavy emphasis on design and composition in her paintings. Color is important to her and is based on the values needed to develop the painting. At the same time, she feels a painting should tell a story, not immediately evident. An emotional reaction, as well as an interpretation of an idea is presented through design.
Several generations of artists led Cheryl to this point in her life. Her talent in art was recognized early, and she was awarded scholarships to the local art gallery in Rochester, NY. She was accepted into an early study program at the Rochester Institute of Technology where she majored in illustration.
While at RIT, she met her husband Tom, a citizen of Germany. Several years later she moved with her husband and young child to Stuttgart, Germany, which became her home for the next 24 years. At this time, she worked for the US Military in the Recreation Center as Artist in Residence doing publicity and anything else needed in the way of artwork. Ultimately, she became a manager of an Arts and Crafts Facility for the US Military, teaching various art forms. During this time, she also became a master quilter, teaching this discipline for eight years. Along the way, she picked up her BS degree from SUNY at New York.
With the retirement of her husband, they moved to Switzerland in 1995. The thirst for adventure took them on her husband’s self-built sailing boat to the Mediterranean and onward to Gibraltar, crossing the Atlantic and landing in the Caribbean. After five years of the gypsy life, Cheryl and her husband settled in Cape Coral.
At this point, she became very active in several art associations, The Florida Artist Group and the National League of American Pen Women. She has been accepted into many juried exhibitions, national and international, winning a great many prizes and is a nationally known artist. Among her numerous accomplishments are Signature Status in The American Watercolor Society, National Watercolor Society, Southern Watercolor Society, Tri-State Watercolor Society and the Florida Watercolor Society, goals seldom attained by most artists.
Cheryl has had her work published in numerous publications and has received an abundance of prizes and awards. She teaches beginning and intermediate watercolor classes at her studio. She also teaches workshops in abstract design and mixed media. Contact her if interested in classes, or purchasing originals or Giclées at firstname.lastname@example.org