About the Artist:
Born in Sydney Australia Cherie J. Payne spent some of her earlier, formative years residing in New Zealand, located at the base of snowy Mt Taranaki (Mt Egmont). And has more recently resided in Townsville for the past seventeen years, the largest urban centre of Far North Queensland.
Cherie's is currently completing a Diploma in Art Therapy with prior artistic studies completed at James Cook University under the guidance of artists/lectures: James Brown, Ric Schmit, Connie Palomo, Anneke Silver and Anne Lord. Cherie completed a Bachelor degree followed by an Honours degree in Visual Arts, graduating in 2007. Cherie went on to complete her Masters in Social Work at James Cook University in 2015. Earlier creative endeavours and studies for Certificate IV and Diploma in Art were taught by artists/TAFE lecturers: Lenore Howard and Jill Chism in Cairns, Far North Queensland.
Cherie works mostly in oil paint on canvas and the theme underpinning her artwork is a mixture of: emotionally associated imagery, family ties, grief & loss, nature & spirituality. Her work has been described by fellow artists as quirky & elegant.
Like Alphonse Mucha Cherie agrees that: Art is Eternal.
Chronology of Exhibiting Experience and Art Education:
2017/2018 Art on display at Park Haven Medical Centre Townsville.
2017 Art on display at Thuringowa Child Safety Service Centre.
2016 Donation in kind to Charity Auction for Ronald McDonald House, Townsville.
2015 Mural work - Uniting Care Community, Townsville. Queensland.
2014 Donation in kind to Townsville Hospital, Social Work Department.
2014 James Cook University, Group exhibition for Mental Health week, in conjunction with Social Work studies.
2014 Riverway Artist Markets Thuringowa, Pinnacles Gallery.
2013 Uke Art - at the Cairns Ukulele Festival. This year beneficiary of the Uke Art Exhibition and Auction is the Salvation Army.
2013 TOY TO THE WORLD PROJECT, Fund Raiser. Melbourne, Victoria. This years beneficiary of the Uke Art Exhibition and Auction is the Victorian Aids Council.
2012 Sydenham Library - Water Gardens - Brimbank City Council, Melbourne. Victoria
2012 Hunt Club Community Arts Centre - Sunshine, Melbourne. Victoria
2012 City of Whittlesea - Sites to be Seen - Personal Art in Public Places. Thomastown, Melbourne. Victoria
2012 ART-Town - Outdoor Art Session & Exhibition. Chapel Street Precinct. Prahran, Melbourne. Victoria
2010/2011 Exhibited Organi Gallery, Townsville
2009/2011 Exhibited Townsville City Library, Townsville
2010 Exhibited Good Shepard Nursing Home, Douglas. Townsville
2010 Fabric artist Linda Jackson - Ink on Silk workshop, Umbrella Studio
2009/2011 Exhibited Townsville City Council Community Services Sector, Thuringowa
2009/2010 Exhibited Thuringowa Corporate Library, Townsville
2009 Exhibited at Townsville City Council Corporate Governance - Thuringowa
2008 Gavin Ryan Workshop: Layering Techniques, Umbrella Studio, Townsville
2008 Commission by SEA O2 Corporation, Townsville
2008 Exhibited Pricewaterhouse Coopers Accounting Firm, Townsville
2008/2011 Perc Tucker Gallery, Art About Town Program show casing local Townsville Artists
2007/2008 Commissioned for a series of paintings for Kids in Harmony, Townsville
2007 Exhibited in Spiritual Fair, Brothers League Club Thuringowa
2007 August, Attended the Taubmans Paint Specialist Program
2007 Official Honours Graduation from James Cook University
2006 Completion of Honours Degree attached to Bachelor of Visual Arts, James Cook University, Townsville Qld
2006 May-2007 January. Toastmasters International. Magnani House, Townsville
2006 May. Exhibited work in conjunction with Fund Raising Event for Townsville Central Afternoon School Care – Metropolitan Hotel. South Townsville
2006 September. A Pictorial Compendium of an Afterlife, Umbrella Studio Townsville
2005 Awarded Merit based Commonwealth Government Learning Scholarship in conjunction with studies at James Cook University. Townsville. Qld.
2005 May. Perc's Purses. Perc Tucker Regional Gallery. Townsville, Qld
2004 December. Birthdays. Umbrella Studio's 2004 Members Exhibition. Townsville, Qld
2004 October. Exhibited Townsville Defence Force Cocktail Party. Surf Life Saving Club Strand, Qld
2004 Completed Bachelor of Visual Arts. James Cook University, Townsville, Qld
2003 December. Mural work for Guru's Tandori Hut: Indian Restaurant
2003 October. “Emerging” Third Year Bachelor of Visual Arts, Perc Tucker Gallery. Townsville. Qld
2003 August. "It's Not What it Seems". Panorama House. Castle Hill, Townsville. Qld
2003 October. Received Painter of the Year Award, Bachelor of Visual Arts. James Cook University. Townsville. Qld.
2003 July Mount Isa Art Exhibition. First Place for Oils & or Acrylics. Mount Isa, Qld.
2003 June. Invited to participate in Life Drawing Demonstrations for the “Annual Northern Women’s Exposition” Artist Exhibit for the Life Drawing Presentation. Townsville Convention. Qld
2002 November. College of Music Visual Arts and Technology, James Cook University - "In House Exhibition" - for first and second year students. Vincent Campus, Townsville, Qld.
2002 November. Volunteer on Community Painting Project for Townsville Central Preschool, Snuggle Pot & Cuddle Pie. Townsville Qld
2002 May. Townsville Art Society Exhibition. Perc Tucker Gallery. Townsville, Qld.
2001 "One Thousand, One Hundred & Twenty Eight Hours" Cairns TAFE Student Exhibition, Qld
1999 February - 2001 May. Diploma of Visual Arts. Certificate IV in Visual Arts (Painting). Cairns TAFE Qld
1998 February-November. Certificate IV in Adult University Prep’ Course. Sunshine Coast Qld
1997 January-September. Certificate in Cartooning. ICS Learning, Sunshine Coast Qld
1996 May-June. Certificate in Calligraphy. ACE Education, Sunshine Coast Qld
1992 Modern Drawing & Painting Workshop. Hornsby High School, Sydney, NSW
website - www.cherieblossomart.com
Connect Magazine, front cover twice - January 2009 & June 2013
Coast to Coast Television Program, on Art in Townsville at Perc Tucker Gallery
Sun Newspaper, Townsville
Townsville Umbrella Studio News Letter & Website
Channel Seven, Local News Coverage Umbrella Studio exhibit
Mt Isa City Council Art Awards