Cheri Fritts is a painter and a sculptor, who has had a focus on equine art, and more recently a focus on western art. She works primarily in watercolor and oils, and has also added bronze sculptures, using the lost wax method of casting, to her accomplishments. She occasionally works in pencil, acrylic and pastels.
Cheri grew up riding horses, and they represent beauty, strength, courage, and spiritual tranquility to her. She is also interested in spiritual themes, people and nature. She has recently moved to the Midwest where she continues to paint horses and other western art themes that interest her. She enjoys working in an impressionistic and painterly manner, creating movement in a painting or capturing a moment in sculpture.
Cheri worked as an illustrator for two years for the United States Army as a civilian. Later, she graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a Bachelor of Fine Art. She received the F.A.U. Alumni Scholarship and the National Association of American Pen Women Scholarship for her art.
Cheri has held memberships with the Wellington Art Society, the Palm Beach Watercolor Society, the Professional Artist Guild of Boca Raton, and the Boca Raton Museum of Art. She has exhibited and won awards in juried competitions and South Florida galleries, including the Jockey Club Gallery in Miami, Florida. She has taught watercolor classes for adults and private classes for children. She has also taught high school art.
Cheri has sold art to accomplished people who also had access to established international equine artists, such as to the late John Oxley, owner and founder of the Royal Palm Polo Club in Boca Raton, Florida. Former — USET Dressage World Championship team rider, Dianna Rankin, has bought her paintings. Cheri was also commissioned to do several paintings for a prominent attorney, Richard M. Mowry, Jr. for his law offices in Palm Beach County, Florida. Doctor Peter M. Schosheim, a prominent Palm Beach County, Florida orthopedic surgeon, has her original painting of the Western Wall in Jerusalem in his collection. Discerning people have found her work appealing and collectible enough to buy it for their homes and offices and as gifts.
Cheri sells both her originals and reproductions, including signed, numbered Giclée prints and limited edition sculptures. The Giclée technology is extremely precise, rendering a reproduction virtually equal to the original. Giclées are printed with archival museum quality inks on archival museum quality rag paper or canvas.