|WAOWing the Centennial State / Harley-Volz, Cheryl1
Women Artists of the West
7/06/2013 - 7/28/2013
Cultural Arts Council of Estes Park
colored and graphite
pencil on paper
14" x 18"
I don't know which I loved more as a child, my pencils, or my stick horses. Over time, I gradually began drawing
realistic horses, and got more and more infatuated with the pencils. I still love the challenge of manipulating
graphite between whispers of gray and the blackest of blacks. Colored pencils are my new fascination.
The feel of a horse, as we work together as a team, helps me achieve the sensuality of mass, muscle, and
motion I want to transfer to my art in order to give it a visceral quality. I work from the inside of the creature to
the outside, placing the skin over what I know to be muscle and joint. Like Michelangelo, I draw on the
physicality of the experience.
My work elevates the common but unique personalities that are emblematic of the West. Striving always for gritty
realism, I capture the cowboy life, soul, and spirit of the people and animals I deeply admire as they live and
work, displaying their zest and gusto for life.