Mary Ann Cherry Artist Biography

RS Hanna Gallery - Mary Ann Cherry Artist Biography
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Mary Ann Cherry

AWARDS:  2016

  1. Phippen Art Museum Foundation Award 2016 -"Slow but Steady" pastel oxen and wagon

  2. Phippen Western Museum Juried Show: Second in Pastel

  3. Inclusion in the International online Juried NOAPS (national oil and acrylic painters society) show "Ghosts of the Prairie" oil antelope

  4. Women Artists of the West – R.S. Hanna Gallery, Fredericksburg, Texas - Best of Show of the Master Signatures – “Through the Woods” pastel 18x24
    AWARDS: 2015

  5. Invited to show in the Traveling the West show in Dallas at the Southwest Gallery 2015

  6. Invited to show at Hold Your Horses show at Phippen Museum 2015 - Quick finish

  7. Best of Show- Driggs Digs Plein Air 2014

  8. Finalist - Richeson 75 Portrait Competition -2014

  9. Second in Pastel - Phippen Museum National Western Juried Show 2014


  1. Women Artists of the West - Master/Emeritus Member

  2. Western Art Associates

  3. American Women Artists

  4. Snake River Plein Air Painters

  5. Gallery 12 - Idaho Falls, Idaho

  6. Western Artists of America

  7. NOAPS (National Oil & Acrylic Painters)


  1. Big Sky Journal Magazine - 2011

  2. Best of World Wildlife & Animal Painters

  3. Small Works - Jack Richeson art company

  4. Wildlife Art Magazine

Artist Statement

I was raised in rural Montana near the Yellowstone River and loved it there. My folks were big Charlie Russell fans – it helped to boost my interest in western art at an early age. Mom gave me a paintbrush and small oil painting set when I was eight. Dad was always sketching horses, especially buckin’ broncs, rattlesnakes and a lot of other non-girly things for me on newsprint from an old pad of paper.

Now I live near the Snake River in Idaho, where wildlife and birds are plentiful and make great subject matter. After seeing a herd of rocky mountain sheep or buffalo, you get an itch to paint them and you need a selection of good reference photos. I often join about four or five photos together to get a composition that pleases the eye.

The past few years, I’ve been honored to have been a guest artist at several art museums, including the Clymer, the Art Museum of Eastern Idaho and the Olaf Wieghorst Museum of El Cajon, California. 

In that elusive free time, I write. The website for my book is HERE