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.

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2018 Diploma in Art Therapy
2015 Masters in Social Work
2007 Honours Degree, Visual Art - James Cook University
2005 Bachelor Visual Art - James Cook University
2001 Diploma in Visual Art - Tafe Noosa & Cairns


Chronology of Exhibiting Experience and Art Education:

2018 Umbrella Gallery, Townsville - It is not the End. Members Exhibit.

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


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Charles Blackman (1928-2014),
Marc Chagall (1887-1925),
Tamara de Lempicka (1898-1980),
Gustav Klimt (1862– 1918).

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