Artist Profile | Michael Murphy Gallery

Cheryl Martin



Cheryl Martin received her BA in Art from Nebraska Wesleyan University. Born in Rochester, Minnesota, she moved to Arizona in 1989. She continues to live in Arizona where the landscape, the rugged beauty of the desert and the rich abundance of other natural sources provide inspiration for many of her paintings.

As a child, Cheryl spent hours exploring and drawing the world around her. It seemed natural for her to continue in an artistic direction. After college, Cheryl went into the graphic design field. A love of “design” in art is the influence of her graphic design background. Cheryl’s inspiration comes from life around her. Traveling unquestionably broadens her horizon and serves as a source of inspiration for her.

Artist Statement

An Arizona artist and native of Minnesota, Cheryl Martin has been drawing and painting since childhood.

Cheryl loves to explore and enjoys outdoor sports, including mountain biking and backpacking. Her love for exploring, as well as what she sees is often portrayed in her paintings. Always ready to try a new technique or style, Cheryl, enjoys the discoveries made in each new painting.

“My paintings are a result of an intuitive process that develops out of the combination of layers, colors, shapes and textures. I am fascinated by layers of transparent color peeking out beneath other layers. My paintings also symbolize a curiosity of the delicate connections of colors and shapes in the natural world.”