In the tradition of Russian Impressionism, Cheri concentrates on seeing and conveying the effects of color and light on form.
“People have been connected to animals throughout history, but today farmland is disappearing. I paint animals the way I would any other subject matter. I give them dignity. My paintings are an expression of my feelings towards animals, their close connection to their environment and the drama of light as it plays across their forms.”
Christensen grew up in Enumclaw Washington, a rural area of horse and cattle ranches at the foot of Mt. Rainier. She attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, the University of Washington, BA. Cheri studied drawing and oil painting intensely for three years with Ron Lukas, protege and master student of Sergei Bongart. Bongart, from the USSR, came to the US after WWII. He exhibited in the LA area and west coast and northwest region introducing and teaching the tradition of Russian Impressionism painting.
In 1995, her first competition, Christensen was included in an exhibition at the Charles Emma Frye Art Museum, Seattle,WA. She received the Beatrice Jackson Memorial award for Best Traditional Landscape in the Allied Artists of America show. It was the first time a composition with “farm animals” was honored.
She has been featured in American Art Collector, Western Art Collector and Southwest Art Magazine. Her paintings are also included in the books “Art Journey, New Mexico,” and “Finding your Visual Voice, A Painter’s Guide to Developing and Artistic Style.” Currently she has three videos available through Liliedahl Video Productions; ” Straight Ahead,” “Highlight”, and “Keeping an Eye Out”, in which she demonstrates both brush and palette knife techniques. Cheri currently resides in Texas.