Cheryl McCardle

Emerge - 30x30 Acrylic on canvas

Cheryl McCardle grew up in Laurel, Maryland and currently lives in Clayton, NC. She lived in many parts of the country traveling with her husband while he was in the military. Cheryl was inspired by the natural beauty of the many places she saw, which influenced many of her early landscape paintings.

The artist has been seriously painting and sculpting since 1990. She received a BA in Studio Art from George Mason University in 1996. Cheryl was a studio member at 311 Gallery in Raleigh, NC, and has shown her work throughout the Triangle area.

Cheryl transitioned to a much more expressive and experimental style of painting and her work evolved into paintings that are textured and made up of many layers. She incorporates acrylic paint with cheesecloth, plaster, sand and other found objects to enrich her surfaces. Much of her work is intuitive and comes as much from emotion as her interpretation of imagery. The artist doesn’t like to feel limited in her creative explorations and is constantly seeking new forms of self-expression.

Cheryl has worked with various local arts organizations since moving to North Carolina. In 2008, the artist was chosen by Congressman Bob Etheridge to paint a “Red, White and Blue” themed Christmas ornament for the state of North Carolina to be displayed on the White House Christmas tree. Her ornament illustrated the “Mountains to Sea Trail.”

She received a United Arts Individual Artist Grant and the Outstanding Community Service in the Arts A

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