Cherry Manders

Cherry’s portraits, still life studies and landscapes have won numerous awards in recent years, including the coveted McCubbin Award two years running (2008-9), the Norma Bull Portraiture Prize 2011, and she regularly receives high commendation at Victorian Artist Society events. Her works can be found in private collections across Australia, in the United States and in the United Kingdom.

Cherry’s passion is for colour and movement.  Her rural river environment and the flowers from her rambling bush land garden often feature in her work.  Her passion for colour is reflected in her still life studies, landscapes and figure studies.  Her use of natural light, including in her studio, is reflected in her vibrant canvases.  Plein air landscape means she is often to be seen battling the elements.

In recent years Cherry has traveled and painted in Devon, England, in Umbria and Rome, and has not long returned from taking a painting tour in France, following the in the footsteps of the Impressionists. She enjoys painting large and free work. Her paintings are flamboyant; sometimes impressionist and at others, expressionist.  Special attention to still life studies sees Cherry collecting specific fabrics and china to enhance compositions. Simplifying objects and space to their essence, using reactive colour she creates unique design and movement.  Cherry’s work will never be static and her journey with colour will always be an exciting one.

Cherry is also available for commissions, her popularity rising thanks to her most recent award – the Norma Bull Portraiture Prize win in 2011.