Cherie Burbach is a freelance writer and mixed media artist. She has penned and contributed to articles for NBC/Universal (NY Times-owned), About.com, GreenCraft (Somerset Studio), Christianity Today, Readers Digest, Family Circle, and more. She paints with acrylics, oils, inks, and pastels in a vibrant, mixed media style. She uses paper, lace, and other ephemera to create art with a positive, hopeful message.
I’ve been an artist and writer since I was very young. Words and images have always been linked for me when it comes to expression and creativity. Sometimes this is expressed in my art through whimsical animals, girls, or flowers and other times I combine words and poetry. For me, art is all about emotion.
A few years ago I fell in love with mixed media. I was able to add words, collage elements, and a variety of mediums that made painting a new journey, one that was about uncovering the image I wanted to convey as much as it was creating it. Adding layers of paper and paint and words felt like the bridge between my art and writing that I’d always longed for.
I’ve been influenced by a variety of artists, but my favorites include the emotive works of Vincent Van Gogh and the mother and child paintings of Mary Cassatt. I use special papers and ephemera along with acrylic paints, oil sticks, pastels, and ink. Very often words combine with the art in some way, including the use of Bible verses, a manifestation of thought or emotion, or lines from my original poetry.
I encourage people to get up close to my art and see the small details that are expressed. For more, visit http://www. cherieburbach.com/