Cherry Lyne


Cherry Lyne


Hi Cherry. Thank you so much for all your wonderful submissions to the Artspace Gallery, and for taking the time to talk about you and your work.

Q – What is your background?

A – At school I literally flipped a coin between going on to study one of my two loves – art or geology. Art lost. Big mistake! So I was a Geologist, then when my children came along I ran a library, worked in schools, jeweler, bead maker… lots of things.

‘Lonely Planet’ by Cherry Lyne (Acrylic Pour and Cell on Canvas)

Q – How did you get into art?

A – Always been good with my hands. And always wanted beautiful things I couldn’t afford, so wanted to make them myself, only better!

Q – Where do you live and does living there influence your creative process or provide inspiration in another way? Are there any other places that inspire you?

A – I live in the Forest of Dean but have lived in cities and by a loch in Scotland. There is always something that connects eye to brain to heart to soul.

‘Californian Landscape’ by Cherry Lyne (Acrylic Pour and Cell on Canvas)

Q – What is your chosen subject and why?

A – I have no fixed subject and I consider myself the eternal student. Observing is learning, isn’t it? Obviously some things work for me and others don’t. I love trees and distance but sometimes I want abstracted straight lines and other times the precision of a watercolour orchid.

Q – What medium and materials do you work with? How did you decide on this medium?

A – For people and things that are alive it’s pencil, paper and watercolour. The human body or plant life seems fragile and ephemeral to me; suited to the delicacy of the medium. My more abstracted work is all acrylic, which I used to hate for its lumpen garish plasticity, but I’m learning to wrangle it into something that I’m satisfied with and I’m enjoying the journey.

Q – Where do you get your inspiration from?

A – People, working with other artists, exhibitions, colours, geometry, nature and sometimes I don’t know. Sometimes I’m driven, other times I’m in the doldrums.

Q – How would you describe your style? How has your style evolved over time, and what has influenced its development?

A – I’m still chaotic, I’ve just added a bit more competence to it.

Q – What is your creative process?

A – These days I do a lot more planning before attacking things. I’m not great at writing things down. I do work from photos or at least use photos as inspiration.

Q – What’s your studio like?

A – Oh lorks you don’t want to know.

‘Self-Portrait, Photobombed by Arthur’ – Cherry Lyne (Pencil)

Q – Are there fellow artists who inspire you, who either work with the same media as you, or in other fields?

A – That’s still evolving with me. I can tell you who I think’s overrated if that helps?

Q– How do you know when a piece is finished and when it’s the right time to stop?

A – I’m not very good at that, and I’ve ruined quite a few things by overcooking it. I’m trying “less is more” as a mantra. As a watercolourist, I really should have grasped that by now.

Q – Is there an artwork you are most proud of? Why?

A – I’m over critical, so I’d struggle to say yes. There’s a couple of things I’m happyish with at the moment. One is a portrait I did of my daughter. She’s just left home, so it’s sentimental. She hates it. The other is a large fluid flow that ended up like a little lonely planet. Geology and art all in one.

Q – Are there any other art forms that you would like to try?

A – My daughter (Liberty Lyne) is a proper lithography printmaker which other than being messy (I don’t like mess and she is always covered in something or other) is a fascinating and technical subject.

Q – What are you working on at the moment?

A – Fluid Flow Acrylics. Technical, but with an air of mystery…