From the artist:
"A longing for spring was motivation for this piece. A river is poured over charts of Illinois waterways, carrying tadpoles down the stream. A snapper turtle (printed from a rubber replica) darts off into the corner; a spring peeper fades into the background, and the silhouette of a salamander works its way through the green. Ferns bend to and fro under constellations from the North sky."
Cheryl Holz grew up in the country, collecting moss, bugs, leaves, and to her mother's chagrin, snakes and salamanders. Her rural upbringing had a big influence on her aesthetic sensibility, and most of her work today is a homage to nature's strength, beauty and diversity. She has an undergraduate degree in art education, studied drawing and painting at California State at Northridge, and received her Master of Fine Arts in crafts from Northern Illinois University in 1995. Cheryl's background in art education landed her a spot with the Illinois Arts Council's Artists Roster for Arts-in-Education, but as her career expanded, she phased out teaching and now makes art full time.
Cheryl has received local and national recognition for her work, and shows in galleries, museums and juried shows throughout the country. Her work is included in many corporate collections and hospitals. She is represented by international print publisher Winn Devon, and was nominated for the Independent Film Record Label Association's CD cover of the year. She has completed 8 residencies at the Ragdale Foundation and I-Park, and has received numerous arts in education grants from the Illinois Arts Council.
When she's not working in her studio overlooking the Fox River she enjoys tramping around the local forest preserves with her dogs in tow.