Where ART Lives Magazine Volume 2 Number 6 - Page 100

Cheryle Rome Beatty October 2016 What is your first memory of creating art? My grandfather was a doodler and he always had a large sketch pad on his desk. I remember him teaching me how to draw a tree - so that it looked like a tree. Do you have a favorite piece that you have created? What makes it special to you? I think “A Great Wall” is my favorite - I have several others but this one is special because it was in a recent gallery showing in Orlando. I noticed that of all the pieces in the show this one seemed to evoke a stronger response from viewers. I observed people stopping and discussing it. I was curious and asked several of them their thoughts. One woman didn’t even know the title but she related it to the “walls” in her life. That was very rewarding to me. Do you have a favorite artist you that you admire or that inspires you? Cy Twombly and Robert Motherwell. Twombly’s work often straddles painting and drawing as much of my work does, and Motherwell’s series “Elegy To the Spanish Republic” because of their bold, simplicity. What do you listen to when you paint? NPR or opera. What tool in your studio could you not live without? A spray bottle for water. Do you have a favorite subject matter? I particularly like African art - masks, painting, fabrics. since my work is abstract it is often nonrepresentational but can derive inspiration from African art. What is your preferred medium? Soft pastel. cromebeatty.com 100