:Cheryl Playne: 'Founding ArterNet Art Member' Featured 'FAM' Artist - ArterNet Art
|'Twilight's Gentle Kiss' Art By Cheryl Playne.|
30.5 x 40.5cm
'Founding ArterNet Art Member'
Today we're very excited to introduce you to 'FAM' member artist Cheryl Playne.
Cheryl describes herself as an abstract painter working in mixed media.She creates colourful, dynamic abstract paintings filled with a deep perception of special places and meaningful moments.
Cheryl lives in a house on a hill on Auckland’s beautiful North Shore, where she has expansive views of the valley and the ocean.
ArterNet Art: Hi Cheryl, it's great to chat with you today. Can you share with our readers what was your route to becoming an artist?
Cheryl: I always loved art, even as a child, and it was my favourite subject at school. I would spend most of my lunchtimes in the art room working on projects.
In 1975 I left England and came to New Zealand on my own to start a new life. I loved the outdoor life here, the sense of space and laid-back lifestyle, especially coming from the suburbs of Liverpool. I stayed, got married, had children and life was busy for many years as I home-schooled my two boys.
Then we were invited to a party at a friend’s house and the theme was to dress up as someone you always wanted to be.
Cheryl: I have always been considered to be extremely sensitive and feel things very deeply but can’t always put into words what those feelings are.
ArterNet Art: What or who were your early influences?
Cheryl: When I was a child, I admired my auntie’s art - but my biggest influence came when I went to secondary school and had the most amazing art teacher.
Cheryl: I had a good ability to draw well and was a perfectionist so spent hours on the details, but my art teacher introduced me to abstract art and taught me to loosen up and enjoy playing with paint.
Cheryl: I love working with acrylics because of the speed with which I can work and the spontaneity they allow. I enjoy creating layers in my work.
ArterNet Art: Can you explain to us a bit about your chosen techniques and how you use them
Cheryl: I like to work in layers using mark-making, collage, stencilling and glazing.
ArterNet Art: Can you add some detail about your process from conception to creation.
Cheryl: I don’t start off with a concept of what I want the painting to be about. I have tried that approach but it didn’t work for me.
- How is the composition looking?
- Do I have any glaring problems that need to be addressed?
- Do I have enough contrasts and areas of interest?
Cheryl: My work is inspired by the deeper emotions we experience as human beings - those times in life when we experience a profound sense of connection with something much bigger than ourselves– the “deeper magic” that Aslan spoke of in Narnia.
Cheryl: When I began painting seriously again, I was fascinated by texture and used a lot of texture gels and pastes so the work was physically very textured.
Cheryl: The very first painting that I ever sold was one of a pathway leading to a door. The path was cracked and broken, but it led straight to the door which dominated the painting.
I always hope that by sharing my own deep, moving experiences through my art it will move my viewer emotionally and inspire that same sense of wonder so it was amazing to get confirmation that it was possible so early on in my journey.
Cheryl: I often find it hard to express myself in words and feel that I am being heard, so painting for me is a way of expressing myself without being misunderstood.
Cheryl: I had a painting I was really proud of in a friend’s pop-up gallery a few years ago. At that stage it was the largest I had ever done.
ArterNet Art: I love stories like that.
Cheryl: I struggle with social media, marketing and technology and definitely could use some guidance regarding selling my work.
ArterNet Art: How has Covid-19 impacted you and your art business/career over the past year or so?
Cheryl: It’s been difficult to get my work out there when the art gallery that represents me has been closed during lockdowns and many of the local exhibitions were cancelled.
Cheryl: Learn as much as you can about your materials and techniques. Admire other people’s art, but don’t measure your work against theirs.
ArterNet Art: Do you have any quotes you live by?
Cheryl: The deeper the well, the sweeter the water.
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