About the Artist

St-John-portraitCheryl is a fourth generation Colorado native, with a great appreciation of nature and the environment and the preservation of both. Born and raised at the foot of the Rocky Mountains and with parents that enjoyed fishing, hiking and camping, Cheryl got introduced at an early age to the beauty of the Colorado mountains and developed her own love for the outdoors that inflences her artwork today. Working as a “plein-air” (on location) and studio landscape artist, Cheryl’s inspiration comes from the wide open spaces of Colorado, New Mexico or somewhere as far away as a European hillside.

She states “Painting en plein-air, (her favorite way to work), is always a challenge, never-ever routine! The changing light and weather conditions create a sense of urgency that translates to a spontaneous and loose interpretation of the scene, something that is very difficult to achieve in the studio. Besides, it’s a great excuse to be outdoors!”

She works mainly in oil but loves to work in watercolor as well. Each medium has it’s own characteristics which when using clean vivid colors and as few brush strokes as possible makes for a loose impressionistic finished work of art. She states, “Keeping the painting fresh, not over-worked is part of the fun and challenge of a good artist, which is always the goal”. Another goal, “I want the viewer to be able to feel what I felt when painting the piece….. feel the warm sun, or the cool breeze, or whatever else is going on nearby and therefore capture the essense of the scene for themselves.”

Cheryl studied fine art and design at The Rocky Mountain College of Art and at the Colorado Institute of Art. She also studied with well known artists, Kim English, Michael Workman, Melinda Morrison and Robert Spooner, to name a few. She is a current member of Oil Painters of America and The Art Students League of Denver. She is a signature member of the American Impressionist Society, Plein Air Artists of Colorado and the Colorado Watercolor Society. She has won numerous awards and is currently in Corporate as well as Private collections around the world.


Most Recent Juried shows & Invitationals

  • Wanderlust, Invitational Landscape Exhibition, Howard Mandville Gallery, Kirkland, WA, 2017
  • One Woman Show, Saks Galleries, Denver, CO, 2016
  • Oil Painters of America Western Regional Exhibition 2016, Marshall Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
  • Windows to the Divine ”Abstraction & Representation, Finding Common Ground,” Space Gallery, Denver, 2016
  • American Impressionist Society’s Annual National Juried Exhibition 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015 2016, 2017
  • Gilcrease Museum, Collectors Reserve, October 2014 and 2015
  • Mountain Oyster Club 46th Annual Sale and Exhibition 2015
  • Salon International, Greenhouse Gallery, 2014
  • American Impressionist Society’s Annual National Exhibition 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014
  • Oil Painters of America 22nd Annual National Exhibition 2013
  • Oil Painters of America Western Regional Exhibition 2012
  • Art & Soul 25th Anniversary Sale and Auction for the Art Students League of Denver 2013
  • Windows to the Divine Invitational 2012
  • Crested Butte Plein Air Invitational 2012 & 2014
  • Governor’s Art Invitational, 2011 & 2014
  • Capitol Christmas Tree National Art Competition 2012
  • Richard Schmid 17th Annual Fine Art Auction 2012
  • Lone Tree National Art Exhibition 2007 – 2012
  • Plein Air Artists of Colorado National Juried Exhibitions 2007 – 2014
  • Invited to provide oil painting demonstrations for the Denver Art Museum April 2013 during Georgia O’Keefe exhibit

Recent Awards

  • Honorable Mention, Oil Painters of America, 2016 Online Showcase
  • Artists Choice and 2nd Place, Continental Divide Land Trust Plein Air, Breckenridge, CO, July 2015
  • 2nd Place, Continental Divide Land Trust Plein Air, Breckenridge, CO, July 2014
  • Award of Merit, Plein Air Artists of Colorado National Juried Exhibition at Abend Gallery 2013
  • Honorable Mention, Denver Plein Air 2012
  • Grand Prize for the 2012 National Capitol Christmas Tree Art Competition and Official Image. “Awaiting Spring” oil on linen, was selected and is now in the permanent “Gallery of Trees” art collection of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC.

Represented by

  • Saks Galleries, Denver, CO
  • Oh Be Joyful Galleries, Crested Butte, CO
  • Wild Horse Gallery, Steamboat Springs, CO

Corporate Collections

  • James Volker, Whiting Petroleum, Denver, CO
  • Exempla Good Samaritan Medical Center, Lafayette, CO
  • Almerica Financial Group, Denver, CO
  • Adams County Historical Society,  Westminster &  Ouray, CO
  • Title America, Westminster, CO
  • David Puterbaugh of the Leisy Brewing Company, Peoria, IL
  • Atlanticare Regional Medical Center, Atlanta, GA
  • Center for Childbirth, NJ
  • City of Hope Medical Center, Duarte, CA

Published In

  • Southwest Art Magazine, “Artists to Watch”, June 2014
  • Amidst the Madness, Poetry and Paintings, Author: Jennifer Kenyon, 2013
  • Southwest Art Magazine, May 2013
  • Denver Post, Your Hub, November 13, 2012
  • Front page, Denver Post, Saturday, August 11, 2012, Photo of Plein air painting for Denver Plein Air Festival
  • American Art Collector Magazine, October 2012
  • American Art Collector Magazine, June 2010
  • Southwest Art Magazine, October 2009
  • Rocky Mountain News, 2007
  • Denver Post, 2006
  • The Daily Camera, 2000


  • Signature member of the American Impressionist Society
  • Signature member of Plein Air Artists of Colorado
  • Signature member of Colorado Watercolor Society
  • Associate member of Oil Painters of America
  • Member of Art Students League of Denver


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