This is a view from up the rural road on which we live. You can see the cattle in a line coming in for feed and on the upper right, Sutro Tower.
The San Simeon School House Oil on linen 9×12 2019
The Road to Gunnison 9×12 oil on linen 2019 SOLD
Spring in the East Bay Hills 9×12 oil on linen 2019 SOLD
“The Ridge in December” 12×16 oil on linen 2019
Cheri Block Sabraw
My artwork reflects me: a lover of all things natural—landscapes and animals native to the American West. I work slowly—deliberately because of the subject matter and of my desire to create art that evokes emotion rather than reason from the viewer.
I was educated at the Mill Creek Academy of Art located in Mission San Jose, California where I specialized in color, design, and painting.
I have also been instructed by SWA member and award-winning painter, Kayti Sweetland Rasmussen, (1928- ) in composition, color, and oil painting.
Influences on my work include my great aunt, Sara Dora Block Alexander, who studied in the 1920’s with Charles Reiffel, British artist Paul Nash, and Disney animator Eyvind Earle. Local Herefords and Angus have also influenced me, as well as tall grasses, fog banks, and rolling hills, dotted with oaks. My own photography influences my painting as many of my paintings were begun from my photo references.
My favorite book about art and art critics is The Painted Word by Tom Wolfe. In that book he lampoons the sometimes difficult world of gallery owners, art collectors and art critics who live in the same building as the Emperor who wears no clothes. It’s worth a read if you, like me, think in reality that Jackson Pollack’s work is ugly as well as DeKooning and other Abstract Impressionists.
Classes taken recently:
2017: Scottsdale Artists’ School: Drawing and Painting Horses in the Light taught by Ned Jacobs.
I want my animals and landscapes to evoke an emotion from viewers, perhaps to recall a pleasant memory of a time in their lives. I strive for depth of feeling in my work on animals especially. I hope you see the contented but watchful look of this mother Hereford as she nurses her calf.
Texas Oaks and Bluebonnets 12×16 oil on linen 2018
Dixie Rose 9×12 oil on linen 2018 in Kris’s private collection
Oak Creek 16×20 oil on canvas in private collection 2018
Teri’s View this is a large painting 20×24 oil on Belgian linen 2018 gift to Teri
Close up detail of Teri’s View
Palouse Barn 9×12 oil on linen 2018 in private collection
Scarlett and Mandolin 2018 12×16 oil on linen 2018
My work reflects me-a small person with big ambitions. I am an amateur photographer and an oil painter. I paint from my own photography.
My preference is to work on large canvases but recently I have been practicing on smaller ones.
I paint in oils and delight in all things equine and Western.
I took a class from Ned Jacobs in December of 2017 titled Drawing Horses in the Light. At the Saguaro Lake Guest Ranch for 5 days, I spent many hours each day standing around a corral and drawing. The small paintings below, of Jerry the paint draft horse, came from that experience.
Nevada Reverie, 12×16 oil on linen 2018
Contentment 12×16 Oil on Linen Not for Sale 2018
P.T. 109 12×16 Oil on linen 2018 SOLD
Meadow Muse 12×16 oil on linen 2018 SOLD
the Rancho 9×12 oil on linen 2018
Jerry at the Salt River 9×12 oil on linen 2018 Not For Sale
My Friends, the Clydes 16×20 Oil on Canvas 2017 These Clydesdale sisters live at the bottom of my road, so every day as I drive by, I am treated to the graceful beauty of these gentle giants. I took this photo (and ultimately painted it) as they were coming for apples. Not For Sale because this is my favorite painting.
At Rest 24×30 Oil on Canvas 2017 NFS I love bison, such a proud symbol of our Western past. This July I am planning a trip to Montana to photograph them. A small herd from the Blackfoot Tribe out of Browning, Montana has arrived at the Oakland Zoo. Two males will come from the Yellowstone herd. As soon as the installation is available, I will be there with my camera!
No Discouraging Words 24×36 Oil on Canvas 2017 Custom framing This painting is large and textured with impasto. I called it No Discouraging Words for the song Home on the Range. For Sale $2550.00
Highway 25, San Benito Country 12×18 Acrylic on Canvas 2016 When I first went back to painting after a 30-year hiatus, I began in acrylics. This painting is a scene off Highway 25 in San Benito County when the afternoon light was beginning to wane. $400.00
Our Tenant 16×20 Oil on Canvas 2017 NFS (private collection) We have two barn owl boxes on our property, one in our meadow and one in the olive tree orchard. Last June, while having a glass of wine on our little deck in the orchard, we were SHOCKED to have a barn owl momma come out of the box at dusk. We had no idea!
The Double O 24×12 Oil on Canvas 2016 NFS (private collection) This amazing land form is in Arches National Park and the oversized human on the top is my brother, Jim, who climbed it. This painting hangs in his dental office.
Jerry and the Big Dipper 9×12 oil on linen There is Jerry again, enjoying the evening stars. The painting hangs in the Arizona home of my friends, Tom and Chris.