From her earliest works in oil inspired by Renaissance and Flemish precedents, Cheryl has explored myriad media: drawing, digital/text and mixed media, and three dimensional making. Her most recent work is a sculptural engagement with mythical beings. Her work is meditative, shamanic and magical.
Cheryl's curiosity has resulted in a multi-valent resume. Her interest in human systems led her to become a Senior Faculty member of the Center for Creative Leadership, an international not-for-profit leadership research and training institution. As Director of its Brussels campus, and, more recently, co-founder of Kairios, her own consulting company, she has co-designed and delivered award-winning creative leadership development programs for dozens of organizations, in the U.S., Canada, and Europe, and business and life coaching to hundreds of individuals. She is a published author and co-creator of the Values Perspectives online survey. Art is exploration, and Cheryl has created safe space for incorporating multiple hands-on modalities, such as drawing, storytelling, and dream-work, to the realization of the unique creative potential of individuals, teams and organizations.
Cheryl earned her B.A. at UCLA in Art History and has a Ph.D. in Mythological Studies and Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute, which houses the Joseph Campbell Library and archive. Cheryl has exhibited at the Volcano Art Center at Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery Barnsdall Park (reviewed), the University of Washington Henry Art Gallery (catalogue), the LaGrange Arts Center, Georgia, the Quinlan Visual Arts Center in Gainesville, Georgia, and at the Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro, North Carolina. Her art work has branched into film art-direction and theatrical design, including literally getting inside the artistry of Frida Kahlo, painting wall-sized, slashed versions of her works for the actress performing as Frida to walk through as if through the birth canal, for the centerpiece of the stage setting for “Frida y Diego” by David Willinger and Hortensia Colorado at New York’s La Mama (reviewed). Cheryl studies myths found in cultures worldwide that celebrate the mysteries of physical embodiment and the human desire to live a good life, create, and come to peaceful terms with the ultimate mystery, death. Cheryl is a Level III Advanced student of Tibetan Bowl Sound Healing with her teachers, Diáne Mandle and Karma Sonam Dorje.
Cheryl lives near Tucson, at the foot of the Catalina Mountains in the Sonoran Desert of southern Arizona, with her husband and creative partner, artist Kenton Hyatt.