Cherie Burbach has painted ever since she was a young child. Art was a safe place for her and a way to work through a turbulent childhood. Growing up in an alcoholic household made things unsteady and frightening, but drawing and writing poetry were how she worked through anything that made her sad or scared. In her early years, the images she created were dark, a silent cry for help underneath layers of paint.
Her story could have remained a cautionary tale, but instead it became a story of redemption. God lifted her from the pain and shame in living with an abusive, alcoholic parent and showed her hope and truth. While those sad years are long gone for Cherie, she continues to talk about her rocky start in life because she wants people to know there is a way out of it.
This desire to offer hope and encouragement is the intention behind her art. She is a self-taught artist, painting almost every day. She also writes poetry and other works, and feels words and images are closely tied in telling a story of faith and confidence about the future.
She grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Her artistic talents were recognized early on in but it wasn’t until her late 30s that she began to pursue them professionally. She has written dozens of poetry, art, and nonfiction books, taught mixed media art classes, and exhibited in various venues throughout Wisconsin. Her functional art pieces and prints are sold in artsy shops and galleries throughout the Midwest.
Over the years, her painting has evolved from oils to acrylics to now, a collection of paints, inks, pastels, added with things like lace, music sheets, book pages, and other ephemera. She paints with bright colors and whimsical images to show the light of a world beyond this one, where there is only hope and possibility.
Cherie has been especially inspired by the Psalms, and has created a series of ecourses called Painting the Psalms, which includes mixed media painting projects all inspired by the Psalms in some way. Each project is diverse in terms supplies, technique, and composition.
She is also the author of Painting the Psalms, which is part art book, part devotional.
- Painting the Psalms
- Feminine Florals: coloring pages with original artwork
- Poiema: New and Selected Poems
- Celebrating Creative Gifts: feminine coloring pages with original artwork
- Prayer Warrior Journal
- Art and Faith: Mixed Media Art With a Faith-Filled Message
- Angel Toughness: Poems
- 5 Weeks to Form a New Friendship
- 100 Simple Ways to Have More Friends
- Glass Sculptures: How to Make Beautiful Sculptures for the Garden Using Vases, Bowls, and Other Glass Pieces
- How to (Really) Make Money Blogging
- My Soul Is From a Different Place
- Yes, You
- New and Selected Poems
- Internet Dating Is Not Like Ordering a Pizza
- 21 Simple Things You Can Do To Help Someone With Diabetes
- Father’s Eyes
- A New Dish
- The Difference Now
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