biographyCherie Sullivan is a contemporary Scottish artist based in the beautiful Kingdom of Fife.
Her bold, distinctive, vibrant works are influenced by colour and nature. Preferring to work from photographs, rather than from life, Cherie can often be found photographing flowers and fruit. Some of these photos then, in turn, inspire her paintings. Working with acrylics, oils or in mixed media on box canvas, Cherie’s paintings are a bright and vivid representation of the natural world around us.
“I enjoy taking macro shots of flower centres…these interesting photographs are often semi abstract by nature. I like to concentrate on their stamens, cropping the photos to get exactly the image I want. Once cropped, these images then form the basis for my paintings.
For my fruity paintings I use the same process, but tend to concentrate on the negative spaces between the fruits.”
After leaving school, Cherie completed a Foundation in Art and Design at Lancaster and Morecambe College (1993). From there she progressed to Nottingham Trent University to study for a BA (hons) in Knitwear Design. Cherie left this course in the second year as “knitwear just wasn’t for me”. She returned to her first love of painting in 2005 after complications with her last pregnancy left her needing to use a wheelchair. She has been exhibiting widely across Scotland since and has work in private collections across the world. NHS Fife also has Cherie’s work in their public collection.