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Cheryl Willcox is an oil painter who loves living at North Avoca on the Central Coast and paints what she loves.
Currently, loving painting the local beaches, rock platforms and national parks, seeking to unlock the hidden forces and dormant connections within our natural world.
Love Where You Live, Paint what you Love
I help you connect to the timeless ebb and flow of natural forces where humans are often quiet spectators. Living in the truest sense is where nature demands your mind and all your senses to place you in the world where you are just a small part of a much bigger force.
It all started with ballerinas, horses and seals. ….. Not what you are thinking. I did not know at the time that what was hanging on the walls of my Infants School was famous and painted by Degas (Tumbling Ballerinas), Franz Marc (Red Horses) and Paul Klee (Slaying the Seals). For me, I was totally captivated by the images, the colour and feelings I got from looking at what I would later discover were just prints.
That initial feeling has never disappeared and why Art continues to be my reason for being – teaching, painting or experiencing it first hand.
After a career as High School Visual Art Teacher, I began to to concentrate on my own Art Making and in 2016 began studying Classical drawing and Oil painting at Watts Atelier California USA and later coached by Stefan Bauman of The Grand View. California.
In 2018 we renovated our home in North Avoca, creating space for a professional studio, workshops and gallery/event space. Initially, I began working on a body of gouache paintings focusing on the Central Coast beach landscapes, which have been popular with local residents and overseas visitors.
2019 I created a collection of large floral oils painted from my Mothers’ drought affected garden were the basis of a solo exhibition” Mother Nature”, held at the Weswal Gallery in Tamworth early 2020.
Recently, I was invited by Gosford Regional Gallery to exhibit a collection of still life oil paintings in their ” ISO (Covid 19) Exhibition.” These works focused on food, familiar and comforting in the days of lockdown, and painted to reflect how special and worthy of celebration food is in our lives during isolation.
Currently, loving painting the local beaches, rock platforms and national parks, seeking to unlock the hidden forces and dormant connections with our natural world.