Cheryl McGannon is Sunshine Coast-based artist, having resided in Brisbane and then Townsville until 2007. She held the position of senior art lecturer at The Barrier Reef Institute of TAFE from 1990 to 2005.
Her childhood was spent surrounded by the open plains of western New South Wales. Over the last ten years however, Cheryl’s painting and workshop classes has occupied an increasing larger part of her life, and her distinctive style has developed exponentially. During 2015 she was introduced to cold wax medium oils and pigments. After travelling to Italy and undertaking one of Rebecca’ Crowell's workshops she was seduced by this medium. Now working almost exclusively with wax, both hot and cold.
Her works have been acquired by appreciative collectors and art collectors within Australia and overseas. Her works are represented in office spaces and private homes through commissions or acquired through more recent Melbourne and Brisbane-based exhibitions. She is the recipient of numerous art awards and runs workshops from her studio on the Sunshine Coast.
"My process involves a balance between intuitive mark making, and careful deliberation. I try to stay present to this dialogue with each work, and discover possibilities, rather than force a painting to a preconceived conclusion. I like each work to be a surprise. The rich, intriguing surface effects in my paintings work on the boundaries of primitivism, yet are sophisticated, they please because they defy definition. I aim for a satisfying and intriguing blend of technical skill and creative vision. As I work the surface, I'm continually exploring themes about the ebb and flow of my life."
Fabulous workshop, best I've ever done. Learnt so much & had fun at the same time. Merridy Hope King
Holy shiznicks, I've just been christened into the world of encaustic by Cheryl McGannon in one of her 2 day workshops. She is a master of the medium and had me at the words "blow torch and melted beeswax"!!! I've a long way to go to experiment with this medium and decide how to incorporate it into my work, I am so grateful to have been introduced to it. Cheryl teaches workshops at her oasis of a studio in Doonan and is a highly sought after Qld artist. She is a flaming legend!!!! Book yourself in! Amica Whincop Art.
Thanks so much Cheryl! I think you challenged us, but not having time to think too much was good for me and stopped me from becoming too tight and precious.
It was more about learning the process, materials and techniques and learning about creating and expressing through an abstract work which was just what I wanted to learn. It was an immersion and I really enjoyed that.
My training long ago was in classical realism but in recent years I've been drawn more and more to abstract works, and that freedom to experiment was great for me.
I loved the cold wax oil combo. Have never really painted in oils. It was great trying the pure pigments and all the oil papers. The oil papers are amazing how they didn't even need taping to a board like watercolour.
I really loved the weekend. Thank you and Dennis so much. The other gals were lovely too.
Thanks so much again.
Intaglio Printmaking refers to a printing method in which the printing elements are all below the plate surface, having been cut, scratched, engraved, or etched into the plate to form ink-retaining grooves.
I offer Introductory and Intermediate Courses in different forms of Intaglio Printmaking including Etching & Photopolymer.
2 day course – 9.20am – 4.00pm
Etching as a process was developed as a quicker, looser, less labour intensive alternative to engraving. An image could be drawn through a wax ground, and the corrosive action of acid used to etch the lines into the metal plates.
My Introduction to Etching courses allow participants to work on their own zinc/copper/aluminium plates, experiment first with hard ground and soft ground, then adding tone using aquatint techniques.
Participants will print examples of each of these processes and leave with these prints and their plates.
Into the Abyss
'Loneliness of the Soul' is a recently completed painting.
Richly textured with many layers of cold wax medium has created an exciting surface to delve into.
120 x 120 cm on panel