Cherrie Mansfield — Painter
Colour excites me, grabs my attention and fuels my creativity.
I use acrylics and mixed media to create bold, expressive artwork that catches the eye and fires the imagination.
Growing up in West Sussex, my childhood was full of colour and creativity. After receiving little encouragement from my art teachers, I gave up making art and studied geology at Durham University. My interest in art was revived after I began making frequent trips to West Cornwall, home to vibrant artists’ colonies since the late nineteenth century.
I create most of my work in my studio on the top floor of the Victorian house I share with my husband and our cat.
It’s often an eye-catching combination of colours that provides the starting point for my work. Other influences include geological formations, the dramatic coastlines of West Cornwall and anything that grabs my attention, like the pattern of a dress or a bunch of plastic spades at the seaside. Close examination of my work reveals mesmerising contours of colour, intriguing marks and undulating textures.
I have recently created my largest artwork to date – one of 30 large elephant sculptures for Worcester’s Big Parade this summer. You can find Jackson, my elephant, outside the city art gallery and museum on Foregate Street, Worcester. There’s more information about the Big Parade at www.worcestersbigparade.co.uk or follow #WorcsBigParade
My work is regularly exhibited in the West Midlands and have been shown in London and St Ives. I am an ArtGemini Prize finalist, have been shortlisted in national competitions and have had work selected for the Society of Women Artists Annual Exhibition in London.
Last year I was commissioned to create five bespoke designs in collaboration with fine art photographer, Richard Nicholls, in the windows of Worcester’s former Hop Market Hotel at 16 Foregate Street.
Get in touch if you’d like to see my work, enquire about commissions or to find out about my range of cushions and mugs featuring extracts of my artwork.www.cherriemansfield.com