Diane Cherr Artist's Statement

Diane Cherr, Artist & Educator - receiving award in juried exhibit Diane receiving award in juried exhibit
My work is rich with color, design and narrative. My pieces are unique, whether painting in gouache, creating collages, mixed media, drawing or printmaking. I pay homage to women’s empowerment, Eastern philosophy, mythology, Jewish heritage and traditions, when interpreting the stories and concepts that become my creations. Handmade paper is often a choice, as it adds texture and dimension to my work. The process of researching and designing each new piece is inspiring and exciting, often resulting in the juxtaposition of rich storytelling with wonder and whimsy.
Creating images that best illustrate my ideas is a challenging and exciting process. In addition to my narrative pieces, other works include lunar quilt paintings, trees, hearts, shoes and moons. These images have become iconic in my work. I continue to explore these symbols and others as I add to my creative vocabulary.
My work has been shown in exhibits and galleries in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts, including the Katonah Museum, Katonah, New York; the Blue Door Gallery, Yonkers, NY; Upstream Gallery, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY; the Aesthetic Sense Gallery, Mt Kisco, NY; Madelyn Jordon Fine Art, Scarsdale, NY; Mamaroneck Artists Guild, Larchmont, NY and the Labriola Gallery, Stamford, Connecticut. My work is also shown annually at the Judaica Craft Show, Bet Am Shalom Synagogue, White Plains, NY, which showcases fifty top Judaic artists from the United States and Israel. Yeshiva University, NY, NY commissioned a painting as a gift of thanks to the family of a major donor. I am represented in private collections in the United States, Japan, Great Britain, Israel and Hungary.
I have a BA in Studio Art from Wheaton College, Norton, Massachusetts. My MA is in Art and Education from Teacher's College, Columbia University, NY, NY. When I am not creating art, I often work as an artist in residence for schools, museums and hospitals. I also work as a teaching artist for Arts Westchester, White Plains, NY as well as working with high school students on art portfolio preparation for college.

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