Cheryl Longseth

Artist's Statement

I was searching for a new direction to take with my artwork when I was asked to be in an exhibit where each artist was challenged to visually represent a colloquialism. At first I selected "Hanging By a Thread" and did a piece representing that saying. Then, when I was asked to create another colloquialism piece, I chose "A Horse of a Different Color." Fot that I painted a green horse with a pink nose and I really liked the way it turned out.

More recently, I was challenged by an artist friend of mine to do something big and bright. He said, "just let yourself go." I told him that when I was a small child, horses were all I wanted to draw. So he said, "Do a horse, big, with lots of color." He gave me a deadline to motivate me and said "Just have fun with it." I took up the challenge, and I really did enjor doing it and loved the result. I donated that piece to to the Washington Pavillion for Arts Night, and it fetched a good price.

It has been a real challenge stepping out of my comfort zone and painting so many big, bright pieces in such a short time, but I'm very excited about the results.