A painting by Cape Coral artist Cheryl Fausel has been juried into the forthcoming 2013-2014 Shenzhen International Biennial in China. Hers is one of 260 entries accepted for the exhibition from the 2,825 submissions received from 54 countries and regions, and among only 130 from non-Chinese artists.
“I am very excited to be accepted into this show,” says Cheryl, who has yet to decide whether she will attend the opening reception.
Cheryl and her husband are no strangers to international travel. They split time between their homes in Cape Coral and Switzerland, and lived 24 years in Stuttgart, Germany, where she worked as Artist in Residence and ultimately manager of the U.S. military’s Arts and Crafts Facility. Among their travels, the couple sailed the Mediterranean, Gibraltar, the Atlantic and Caribbean aboard Tom’s self-built sailing vessel.
Besides the Shenzhen International Biennial, Cheryl’s work has been included in 2013 alone in the Florida Artist Group Symposium at the LeMoyne Center for the Visual Arts in Tallahassee; the National Watercolor Society’s Members Exhibition in San Pedro, California (June-August); the 25th Tri-State Juried Water Media Exhibition at the LeMoyne Center for the Visual Arts; the Cape Coral Art Studio’s May’s Bouquet show; the Fallbrook Art Center’s 4th Annual Signature American Watermedia Exhibition in Fallbrook, California; the Southern Watercolor Society Exhibition in Quincy, Florida (where she won the Salis International Creative Catalysts Award); The National League of Pen Women group show at Arts for ACT Gallery in February; the Art Poems collaborative exhibition between BIG ARTS in Sanibel and the Lee County Alliance for the Arts; and the Fort Myers Beach Art Associations’ juried and judged Winter Show.
Cheryl was one of ACT’s Six Featured Artists for 2013, and her painting Come to the Cabaret was one of two pieces chosen for posters promoting the associated 2013 Arts for ACT Fine Art Auction and Moulin Rouge-themed gala at the Harborside Event Center.
Fausel's work has evolved from loose surrealism and abstraction to more controlled and realist, with an emphasis on abstraction within a realist confine. She is presently rendering a series of cityscapes, which draws upon her archives of photographs that she and her husband have collected over their years of travel throughout Europe and the United States. The images serve as her take-off point when beginning a new painting.
“I like using window reflections, which makes it possible for me to work in an abstract manner with a realistic basis,” Cheryl divulges. “My approach in my paintings is to give the illusion of reality and at the same time, if the detail is looked at up close, it is in abstract form.”
Chery started out in oils, but today paints exclusively in watercolor. “l love the translucency and lightness of watercolors,” she professes. “I learned this medium in order to teach it and became addicted to it.”
“My work is a continuously evolving development of form and color, the intertwining of nature and the abstract,” says Cheryl, who enjoys signature status in the Florida Watercolor Society, the Southern Watercolor Society and the Tri-State Watercolor Society. “Color is the light of my life and the foundation of my work. At the moment I am fascinated with the intertwining of realism in the abstract. I would hope that my paintings bring a feeling of enjoyment to the viewer.”
Art is not a job or career for this artist. “Being an artist is what I am,” she proclaims. “Even if no one were to see the work, I would still be creating.”