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Cheryl Jelm

I usually paint natural subjects and my paintings tend to be representational. My paintings

reflect contradictions intrinsic to my subject matter. I am drawn to flora especially plants that

survive in unusual circumstances.


In my paintings of children I try to capture a different struggle and complexity. By doing their

faces in black and white, I remind the viewer of the mystery of childhood. I want the viewer to

be the interpreter on his own terms.


For many years I was an occupational therapist working with chronically mentally ill individuals.

My career demanded that I think creatively. This work plus living in Hawaii and travelling the

world opened my eyes to many cultures and environments. I started my formal art

training later in life. I currently take classes at the Art Students League of Denver.

I work in oils on canvas and linen.

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