- ARTIST’S STATEMENT -
The work in my recent series is bolder in color, often linear in underlying structure and yet soft focused in its objectivity. Beginning with compositional lines of landscape, I focus on pushing the paintings to convey more than just what I have seen around me all my life, seeking further interpretive elements through paint and process.
I may begin each work with a reference to something I have photographed or seen, but once lines and colors are applied, most of my work lies in standing back, reading the works, and listening as the colors tell me what comes next, letting each painting evolve in discovery.
Often I incorporate oil pastel, India ink, oil stick, carbon and use various tools to apply different colors, shapes, textures. Experimentation allows more response possibilities and excitement into each work, and keeps each painting fresh and exciting for me to complete and share.
The paintings in this series resonate as abstracted landscapes yet move beyond, creating an emotional connectivity to my subject through color and shape choices, allowing my artistic playfulness and sense of discovery to generate newness with fresh colors and gestural marks. Each day in the studio I ask, “What if I try…” as I begin anew, and am excited for the possibilities and challenges of the days’ work ahead.
“My artistic goal is to interpret and abstract our compelling American landscape, and have my finished work communicate a sense of place both imagined and visited.
Each oil painting invites visual interaction and is an insight into my deeply rooted lovefor all things landscape; the warmth of our sun, dramatic and exciting cloud shapes powerful skies with inspiring sunset colors, silver atmospheric distant mountain and valley views, and the ever-changing experience of our oceans.
By carefully choosing compositions and abstracting color, line and form, the final essence of emotional and physical connectivity to our land resonates within each work, which is a joyful experience I am compelled to continue."
Cheri Vilona Biography
Born Evanston Illinois,
Graduated Marlboro HS, NY Resided in NJ, NY, California, Oregon, Florida and Colorado Married, four grown children, two grandchildren. Resides on 5 acre farm outside Denver, Colorado
AAS Degree Graphic Arts & Advertising, NY
BS Degree, Marylhurst College, Oregon
Workshops - Don Sahli, Jordan Wolfson, Larissa Aukon, Ken Elliott, Mitch Albala,Krista Harris, Casey Klahn
Member of the Arts Students League of Denver, CO
Artwork Exhibitions -
BreckCreates, Breckenridge CO Solo Show, July 2016
Vilona Gallery Group Show, Boulder CO 2015
Boulder Chamber Orchestra, May 2016,
Live Painting during Symphony Program Open Arts Exhibition, Boulder, CO 2015
Juried Fine Art Festivals including CherryArts, Denver, Crested Butte, CO, Boulder, CO
Artist in Residence Program, BreckCreates 2013 & 2015
Photographic Artists of CU Boulder-Visiting Artist Lecture 2015
Professional Photography-Article for JCK Magazine 2007
1994-2004 Jewelry Manufacturing Company in Oregon- Collaborated for 10 years
2004-2008 JV925,LLC Fine Art and Sculpture Manufacturing Co-Owner
2015 Vilona Gallery, curated all artworks, ran marketing and advertising campaigns
2006-Present Paints full time at Vilona Studios, Berthoud CO