Cherie grew up on a ranch in Arizona and her love of animals and the outdoors have inspired most of her paintings. She spent childhood summers mixing paints and watching her grandmother who was a western artist and student of the Art Institute of Chicago in the early 1900s.
She has spent the last 25 years working in oils until recently finding acrylic abstracts and becoming obsessed with color combinations and different methods of putting it to canvas. Her love of color is apparent in all her work, whether subtle or bright, and it carries over into her home, clothing, and gardens.
Cherie earned her degree in Anthropology and Fine Art at Eastern Kentucky University in 1994 but only after her children were grown did she start painting seriously and doing commission works, which hang in private collections from California to Maryland and as far away as New Zealand.