Cheryl Griesbach was born in Wantaugh, New York. She received her BFA at the School of Visual Arts. Cheryl began working as a commercial artist in 1974. She has been on the faculty of the School of Visual Arts since 1984. Cheryl’s paintings have received numerous awards. In 2001 she was commissioned by Williams-Sonoma for a series of paintings for plate designs. This past spring Cheryl completed a series of botanical paintings for the Samuel Adams Boston Beer Company. Cheryl has exhibited a group of paintings in the windows of the Gourmet Garage in Soho, depicting old scenes of New York City with epicurean themes, called “Rooms With A View”. Her paintings of exotic birds, landscapes and floral still life’s recapture a vanishing world of natural beauty that is becoming a lost paradise.
By 2000 Cheryl achieved enough success to enjoy the freedom to pursue her own personal work. Cheryl’s technique in oil painting has derived from her interest and knowledge of the 17th and 18th century Flemish painting style. By collaborating her primary interests in European botanicals, Dutch still lives and the influences of Hudson River School artists, Cheryl’s aim is to create theatrical compositions that set a specific mood and speak to the viewer as a sort of utopian art.
Her main objective is to use her varied influences and painting techniques to devise imagery that would allow the audience to momentarily release themselves from our modern, technological world. Cheryl’s method includes looking at color, shape, form, as well as applying her own intuition and free association, then moving the elements around on the surface until the magic of the image appears. Cheryl’s work is often a montage of animals, floras, still-life’s, landscapes, and bits of her own photography. She uses the resurrection of past imagery in the hopes of building a new stage and a new reality that she believes proper to it.
“While my muses and ingenuity have remained the same since I left art school, it nevertheless took me years to truly learn about artifice and illusion, and to arrive to my own mythology that art is the lie that tells the truth.”