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.
Here’s more on Cherie and her work.
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, California, Michigan, and New York. She’s written for places like NBC/Universal, the New York Times, Christianity Today, and more. 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.
- Painting the Psalms
- Feminine Florals: coloring pages with original artwork
- Poiema: New and Selected Poems
- Celebrating Creative Gifts: feminine coloring pages with original artwork
- Art and Faith: Mixed Media Art With a Faith-Filled Message
- Angel Toughness: Poems
- Glass Sculptures: How to Make Beautiful Sculptures for the Garden Using Vases, Bowls, and Other Glass Pieces
- My Soul Is From a Different Place
- Yes, You
- New and Selected Poems
- Father’s Eyes
- A New Dish
- The Difference Now
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