Cherry Demir is a Melbourne based artist specialising in abstract paintings, concentrating on her particular love of nature and animals. Cherry is a self-taught artist, working predominantly in oils. Growing up in the picturesque town of Eltham, Cherry used her environment to paint and sketch native animals and fauna. Her artistic aspirations and passion for art had to be put on hold for 15 years, during which she married, completed a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Arts Education, and had three children.

Retiring as a secondary school teacher in 2010, and moving to a charmingly scenic acreage in Plenty in 2012, that overlooks the beautiful Kinglake ranges, her innate desire to create was reignited. Cherry is also working on her first novel and an Endangered Species Art book. Cherry has also sold many commissioned paintings to private collectors around the world, and also has her work displayed in several galleries and showrooms.

Being a self taught artist, Cherry's inspirations come from a variety of sources, taking notice of all the beauty around her, in particular from her environment, is a major source for Cherry's artwork. Artists such as Gustav Klimt, and Monet have all amazed her in how they combined colour with a dynamic flow. However, Cherry finds that she is able to learn and develop her understanding of art by also being influenced by the amazing artists that are growing in today's art world. Some of her influences are Clair Bremner, Aidan Weichard, Maria Alvarez and many more. Their use of colour, and talent always inspires Cherry to create work that is true to her heart and is able to radiate with her passion and love for her subjects. Cherry's work is predominately centered around wildlife and nature, as a subject matter, they are forever inspiring her with their beauty and exquisite existence.

Artist’s statement

My love for art was fostered early on in my childhood. My environment supported my passion for nature, providing a plethora of subjects whether it be the bugs and spiders that consistently persisted on residing in our house, despite my mother’s desperate eradication exercises, to the rich green fauna of the Australian landscape in my backyard. I would paint, sketch and analyse all creatures and objects for hours, picking up on the differing hues of greens, browns, yellows and other beautiful colours nature had on display.

My journey into painting began with acrylic paints, and I loved the fact that acrylics provided for a fast drying component that enabled paintings to finish quick, and the final product was instantly visible. Always afraid to delve into oil paints, my aunt, who was an amazing artist, convinced me to try. Once I began painting in oils, it was impossible to imagine painting with another medium. Oils provided for the richness and spontaneity that I longed for in my work. The rich colours, which tended to evolve through the journey of a painting, dependant on the undertones, or mixture of other colours were amazing; the richness and texture that the oils provided further enhanced my work into another dimension.

Painting, for me, is a continual learning journey, and my style and understanding of a subject changes through the process of creation. This is why I tend to work on a number of paintings at the same time. My subjects tend to be more wildlife and nature, because they never cease to amaze me in their wonderment and beauty.