Cheryl Feng Fine Art

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Cheryl Feng

 

I am gob-smacked by the beauty of nature, people and other animals.  I include them in my art as symbols of relationships, concepts and energy.

 

Typically, I begin a composition or sculpture when I hear a compelling story or see some person or animal that moves me deeply.  I will take that story or animal and create a narrative or symbolic story around the subject and from that, develop a composition.

 

Once my vision is clear, I proceed to paint, but I am not fixed on where the process will take me.  If the art shows me a different direction to go in,  I follow that new route, and I’m always happy with the results.

 

Although my art often includes animals, what I create actually arises from the common life experiences all living beings:  bonding, connecting, suffering, yearning, worrying….experiences of awe, angst and loss.   Even if the concept is difficult or heart-breaking, I still like to make my pieces as beautiful as possible, with visual interest so that the work may be appreciated both close-up or further away.  For this reason, I often use gilding or metallics because of my lifelong fascination with the mesmerizing beauty of illuminated manuscripts.

 

In a painting, when I use illumination, animal and human subjects, and a narrative, I hope to convey the ethereal, the ephemeral, the magical and the mysterious.

 

 

 

 

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