At the opening of my exhibition at Latrobe Regional Gallery in 2011.

At the opening of my exhibition at Latrobe Regional Gallery in 2011.



About Cheryl

I am a figurative narrative painter. My art practice is concerned with spirituality, rebirth, true love, peace, compassion and harmony for all beings set in a dream Australian Arcadia. The narrative is told throughpersonal mythology.

 To reach a synthesis between all levels of my work it is layered in concept, subject matter and materials /process. Expression is given to these layers through the psychological, metaphysical, mythological/ theological and scientific.

For all of my life I have had intense sensitivity. Since 2000 when I had my accident I have, experienced physical pain. Yet the intentionality of my art practice has remained in that I still want to convey peace and harmony. When the Dalai Lama spoke in Melbourne in 2009 he reiterated, "Without inner peace how can we can have world peace."  I seek to portray peace and beauty in my art making.

The female figure representing my species and myself defines the narrative. Sentient and non-sentient beings, their birthplaces of shells and plants, belong to the cosmos as a garden is used to explore aspects of the narrative. While winged beings represent the union of ocean and sky especially the ecstatic and celestial. Pablo Neruda's poetry of birds infuses my imagination.



2012 Master of Visual Arts, Monash University (GCAD)
1983 Graduate Diploma in Fine Art, Monash University
1981 Graduate Diploma in Education, University of Melbourne
1980 Diploma Art & Design, Monash University

Solo Exhbitions

2016 Connection, Steps Gallery Carlton
2014 The Lyceum Club Melbourne
2013 Latrobe Regional Gallery, Morwell. Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery
2012 Arc Yinnar, Gippsland
2006 Sacred Moon Gallery,Deans Marsh
2005 The Lyceum Club, Melbourne
2004 Smyrnios Gallery, Prahran
1998 The Lyceum Club, Melbourne
1997 Rickett’s Point Tea House, Beaumaris
1996 Margaret Coxall Gallery, Williamstown
1995 Kate’s Off Chapel Gallery, Prahran
. Toorak South Yarra Library, Toorak
1994 Reflections Gallery, Canterbury
1993 The Old Melbourne Gaol, Melbourne
1992 Qdos Gallery, Lorne
“No Vacancy – Temporary Gallery”
Melbourne City Council
Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery
Reflections Gallery, Canterbury
1991 Grant Street Theatre, South Melbourne
Della Butcher Gallery, Singapore
Reflections Gallery, Canterbury
The Lyceum Club Melbourne
1990 Reflections Gallery, Canterbury
1985 Excelsior Gallery, Sydney
Brighton City Library
1984 Eurospace, Brighton
1983 Niagara Galleries, Richmond
The Lyceum Club Melbourne
1982 Drummond Street Gallery, Carlton

Selected Group Exhbitions

2014 Mornington Peninsula Council
1982 – 2013 The Lyceum Club, Melbourne
2011 Qdos Gallery, Lorne
1997 World in a Matchbox ’97 Grand Central Art, Melbourne
The Embellished Egg Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery
1995 Women on the Walls, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery
Daffodil Day Exhibition, Melbourne Central, Anti Cancer Council
1993, 1991,
1990, 1989
Swan Hill Regional Gallery, Reflections Gallery, Canterbury
International Women’s Day Exhibition, The Women’s Gallery, Fitzroy
The Castlemaine Festival Drawing Prize, Castlemaine Regional Gallery

Qdos Gallery, Lorne
1987 – 1991 The Print Guild, Melbourne
1985 Hogarth Gallery, Sydney
1984 Mornington Peninsula Regional Art Gallery Print Prize Exhibition
1981 – 1983 Touring exhibition of prints, Scottish Art School Galleries and also to
San Francisco Bay Area University, exchange exhibition
1982 Post Graduate Students, Victorian College of the Arts
Andrew and Lillian Pederson Memorial Print Award
Brisbane Art Gallery
1981 “Moving On” CIT Gallery, Monash University
Awards and Commissions

2003 Spinifex Press Window Design for Cat Tales. The Meaning of Cats in Women’s
A Girl’s Best Friend, and The Meaning of Dog’s in Women’s Lives.
1992 RSPCA Casa Award for Best Oil Painting
1985 Villa Décor Award for Print Making
1984 Yarra Valley Grammar School Print Prize
1982 Inez Hutchison Award
1982 Sheila Kirk Award for Drawing, Flinders Art Exhibition
1980 Arches Rives Acquisitive Award


2012 Embracing the healing powers of art, Melody Song,
Morwell & Churchill Advertiser, March
Artist celebrates masters, Morwell & Churchill Advertiser, October
2006 Reflections of a busy life, Cinnamon Stephens, Surf Coast Echo, January
2004 Horse Dreams, The meaning of Horses in Women Lives, Spinifex Press
2003 Cat Tales. The Meaning of Cats in Women’s Lives. Spinifex Press.
1995 The Encyclopedia of Acrylic Painting Techniques, French Edition, New Birmingham
Books, UK - cover: Fluorescent Zebras
1994 The Encyclopedia of Acrylic Painting Techniques, English Edition,
New Birmingham Books, UK
1993 Marmalade’s Book of Cats Australian Writing and Art, Marmalade Press
The Artful Kitten, a tribute with 60 portraits by Honor Head, New Birmingham
Books, UK
1992 Adlib Magazine Singapore November
1991 Ita Magazine November issue
Australian Artist “Mixed Media Techniques”, December
Directory of Women Artists Max Germaine
1985 Australian Artist September issue, (Ginger Lily Lithograph cover)
1982 Directory of Australian Print Makers, Print Council of Victoria
1989 Artists and Galleries of Australia, Max Germaine, Author


Wesley College Collection
Monash University Collection

Department of Education, Employment & Training
Bayside City Council
Datacraft Australia


Melbourne Girls’ Grammar Collection

The Lyceum Club, Melbourne
Yarra Valley Anglican School