Cheryl Ann grew up on an Arabian horse farm in Belews Creek, North Carolina. At a very young age she began drawing, and when introduced to oil paint at age 10, fell in love with painting and the art of making art. She has since continued painting as both a lifelong passion and a professional career.
Cheryl Ann looks for beauty in everything she does. Traditional in approach yet extremely personal in application, all of her figure studies, portraits, landscapes and body paintings are effused with emotion and grace, while the love of her work is evident in every piece, in every brushstroke. Cheryl continuously strives to capture the true essence of her subject matter with the reflective soul of the colors of her palette.
She has received art degrees from Guilford Technical Community College, Pennsylvania College of Art and Design and the Fine Arts League of the Carolinas in Asheville NC. In addition she has completed private apprenticeships with master painters, Senor Javier Pamplona in Madrid, Spain, Master Fresco painters Ben Long IV and Roger Nelson at the Fine Arts League of the Carolinas, and continued her studies with workshops as well as private lessons from Artists Mr. John Cosby, Mr. Tony Griffin and Professional Body Painters Bella Volen and the Triple Crown World Champions; Scott Fray and Madelyn Greco of Livingbrush Studios.
The fine art movement of Bodypainting has launched Cheryl’s career onto an overflowing path of success and opportunities. After only Body Painting for 2 months in 2013, she won 1st place in the Living Art America, North American Bodypainting Championships in the Emerging Artist Category. She returned to compete in 2014 for the Professional Category and placed 2nd.. For Living Art Greensboro 2014 she placed 3rd in the Professional Category. She also came in 12th place against 67 artists from over 45 different countries in the Brush & Sponge category during the Worlds International Bodypainting Championships held in Portschach am Worthersee, Austria 2013. Most recently Cheryl Ann was selected to compete as a Skin Wars Season 2 contestant for the hit GSN reality TV show.
Currently Cheryl Ann’s focus is on the Bodypainting Movement and how she can best utilize her talents as an outreach voice for the community. She is developing her own signature style while producing new works and looks forward to the many incredible collaborations and works of art to come.