A Gallery & shop of paintings, hand embellished prints, cards and other art gifts – all made by Cheryl Reeves
Happy art for a happy home…
My name is Cheryl. I am the Moorwishes Artist who lives in Tavistock on the edge of Dartmoor in England. I have a little shop in Tavistock, so if you are ever in the area, please check out my opening times and pop in to say hello. I would love to see you.
I love to design and create and painting is an absolute joy.
I am often asked what sort of art I paint. I often think people imagine studious artists painting beautiful landscapes or wonderful portraits of people or animals.
But me, I paint happy things! Flowers. trees. the seaside, a full moon – these are all things that make me happy, so this is what I paint. Cheerful uplifting paintings. I describe my paintings as Happy Art for a Happy Home.
Nature, particularly plants and the changing seasons inspire me. I love to walk being surrounded by the ever-changing colours, shapes and textures of nature. There is so much beauty out there. I think the earth and its flora and fauna is pretty wondrous and who can fail to be inspired during April/May when all the Devon hedgerows burst into colour?
I am also inspired by words – poems, song lyrics and stories especially fairy tales, myths and legends. The titles of my paintings are very important. While I am out walking, immersing myself in my surroundings, little phrases pop into my head and these are the start of my titles. Once I have decided on the words I wish to use, I start my painting.
I always have music playing in the background, singing and dancing to music is an essential part of my painting process. And if the house is empty, I sing very loudly and very badly! Because music is so central to my painting experience I use music manuscript paper in my paintings either layered in the background or as spots within the painting, It seems right, colours seem to sing.
Occasionally, I use old book pages in my paintings and sometimes I use old maps to represent the earth. And always, always there is a little sparkle involved. I stitch in sequins to my paintings at the end of the painting process because they catch the light and shimmer more than paint alone.
I paint from my imagination, of a happy world where daisies dance and the flowers are having a giggle! I hope that my colourful paintings will make people smile.