Cheri Christensen

“I am inspired by the simple everyday interaction of the animals in their environment: the way the light dances across the form, the harmony of color relationships and the shapes of light and shadow. I prefer early-morning light or late afternoon settings, with extreme backlighting. My focus is on the farm animals, their character and the use of color, light and texture to convey a mood.”

Cheri Christensen was born in Enumclaw, Washington, a small rural town of horse, dairy, and cattle ranches at the foot of Mt. Rainer. She attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and graduated with a B.A. from the University of Washington. Cheri studied oil painting and drawing intensely for three years with Ron Lukas, a protégé of Sergei Bongart, who taught in the tradition of Russian Impressionism. Cheri concentrates on seeing and conveying the effects of color and light on form.

            The first painting Chistensen submitted to a competition was included in a prestigious exhibition at the Charles Emma Frye Art Museum in Seattle, and the first painting to include farm animals received the Beatrice Jackson Memorial award for Best Traditional Landscape in the Allied Artists of America 1995 show.

            Cheri has been featured in several magazines such as American Art Collector, Western Art Collector, and Southwest Art Magazine. She currently has 3 videos available through Liliedahl Video Productions,” Straight Ahead,” “Highlight”, and “Keeping an Eye Out,” where she demonstrates both her brush and palette knife techniques. She is also featured in books such as, “Art Journey, New Mexico,” and “Finding your Visual Voice. A Painter’s Guide to Developing and Artistic Style.” She currently resides in New Mexico.




2001 - Silver Brush Award
National Oil and Acrylic painters Society

1999 - Limited Edition Print Artist
Western Art Association, Ellensburg Washington

1998 - Award, National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society

1998 - Commissioned Painting Award
Cit of Kent, Kent Washington

1998 - Purchase Award
Renton annual art show, Renton Washington

1998 - People's choice, and Honorable Mention
Kent Art Show, Kent Washington

1998 - Second Place
Dogwood Festival, Lewiston, Idaho

1998 - Honorable Mention
Grand Exhibition, Akron, Ohio

1998 - Honorable Mention
International Exhibition, Baton Roughe, LA.

1997 - Daniel Smith Award
EAFA, Seattle Washington

1995 - Beatrice Jackson Memorial Award
Allied Artists of America, Gramercy Park, NY

1995 - Best of Show
Color and Light Exhibition, Longmont, CO


1992-1995 - Studied Oil Painting with Ron Lukas

1983 - Bachelor of Arts
University of Washington, Seattle Washington

Exhibitions (Group)

1997-2003 - Oil Painters of America

1997-2002 - American Academy of Women Artists

1997 - Grand Exhibition
Akron Ohio

1996-1999 - National Western art Show
Ellensburg Washington

1996-1997 - Pacific Northwest Arts Fair
Bellevue Washington

1996 - National Juried Exhibition
Lafayette, Louisiana

1996 - Lewis and Clark Museum
Lewiston, Idaho

1995-2001 - National Oil and Acrylic Society

1995 - Allied Artists of America Show
Awarded the Beatrice Jackson Memorial Award for Best Traditional Landscape

1995 - The Land, Tacoma Art Museum
Tacoma, Washington

1995 - Holter Museum of Art
Helena, Montana

1993 - Puget Sound Area Exhibition, Frye Art Museum
Seattle, Washington

Exhibitions (Invitational)

2007 – Biennale - Florence, Italy

2002 - Rising Stars-Desert Caballeros Western Museum
Wickenburg, Arizona

2001-2002 - Invitational, Mockingbird Gallery

2000-2005 - Minature show, Whistle Pik Gallery

1999-2001 - Holiday Minature Show, Trailside Galleries
Scottsdale, Az. and Jackson,Wy

1998-2003 - Summer Group Show
Howard/Mandville Gallery, Kirkland Washington

1998-2001 - Animals in Art Invitational Show
Howard/Mandville Gallery, Kirkland, WA

1998-2001 - C.M. Russell Auction
Great, Fall Montana

1997-2005 - Minature Show Howard/Mandville Gallery
Kirkland, Washington

Exhibitions (Solo)

1997-2008 - Howard/Mandville Gallery
Kirkland Washington

1998-2008 - Roby King Gallery
Bainbridge Island, Washington

2003-2008 - McLarry Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM

2005-Bennett Street Gallery, Atlanta, GA.

2003, 2006 - Knox Galleries
Harbor Springs

2002 - Knox Galleries
Naples Florida

2002 - Showcase Trailside Gallery
Jackson Wyoming

1999-2002 - Contemporary Southwest Galleries
Santa Fe, New Mexico

2000 - Showcase, Trailside Galleries
Jackson, Wyoming

2000 - Robson Gallery
San Diego, California

1999-2000 - Knox Galleries
Denver, Colorado


Exhibitions (Two-Person)

2003, 2007 - Eisenhauer Gallery
Martha's Vineyard

2001, 2002 - Bennett Street Gallery
Atlanta, Georgia

1999, 2001 - Robson Gallery
San Diego, California

1999 - Long Gallery
Scottsdale, Arizona

1998-1999 - Waterworks Gallery
Friday Harbor, Washington

1998 - Clymer Museum
Ellensburg, Washington


2003 - In Focus Magazine
Santa Fe, New Mexico

2001 - Art Talk, Artists to Watch

2001 - In Focus Magazine
Santa Fe, New Mexico

2000 - The Artist's Magazine
Creating A Mood With Color and Light

1998 - Southwest Art Magazine
Feature article written by Mary Balcomb

1997 - Exhibition Magazine

 Lectures and Demonstrations Given

1999 - Awards judge
Kent Art Show, Kent Washington

1998 - Awards Judge
Bainbridge Arts and Humanities Counsel scholarship award

1997 - Awards Judge
Sidney Museum and Gallery, Port Orchard Washington

1997 - Artist In Action
Howard/Mandville Gallery, Kirkland, Washington

1996 - Painted Table
Still life demonstration, Seattle, Washington1995-1997

Professional Affiliations

1998-2002 - American Academy of Women Artists
Signature Member

1997 - Present National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society
Signature Member

1996 - Present Oil Painters of America

Workshops Taught

2006 – 2007 – Oil Painting in the Russian Impressionist Tradition Fredericksburg Art School

2004-Oil painting In the Russian Impressionist Tradition, OPA

2002 - Oils Among the Olives
Umbria, Italy

1997 - Still Life Workshop
Bainbridge Island, Washington

1996 - Outdoor Painting Workshop

Workshops Attended

2004- Oil Painting with Kim English

2003 - Oil Painting with Dan Gerhartz

1999 - Gouache workshop with Xiagong Zhu

1995 - Oil Painting workshop with Del Gish

1995 - Oil Painting demonstration with Richard Schmid

1994 - Oil painting workshop with Bill Reese

1994 - Oil Painting workshop with Ramon Kelly

1993-1995 - Oil Painting workshops with Ron Lukas