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Cherry prepares to do the quick draw in Spokane, 2011

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

You can read a couple of my other writing samples below.

Blue Sky Writer's Blog 1

Blue Sage Writer's Blog 2

Mary Ann Cherry
760 W. Riverview Dr.
Idaho Falls, Idaho  83401
 (208) 524-1284


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  • Bronze award winner at the Oil Painters of America Western Regional show

  • Phippen Art Museum Foundation Award 2016 -"Slow but Steady" pastel oxen and wagon
  • Phippen Western Museum Juried Show: Second in Pastel
  • Inclusion in the International online Juried NOAPS (national oil and acrylic painters society) show "Ghosts of the Prairie" oil antelope

  • 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

  • Invited to show in the Traveling the West show in Dallas at the Southwest Gallery 2015
  • Invited to show at Hold Your Horses show at Phippen Museum 2015 - Quick finish
  • Best of Show- Driggs Digs Plein Air 2014
  • Finalist - Richeson 75 Portrait Competition -2014
  • Second in Pastel - Phippen Museum National Western Juried Show 2014
  • Out West Art Show (graphics person)
  • Pastel Society of America Signature member
  • Western Art Associates
  • American Women Artists
  • Snake River Plein Air Painters
  • Gallery 12 - Idaho Falls, Idaho
  • Western Artists of America
  • NOAPS (National Oil & Acrylic Painters)
  • Big Sky Journal Magazine - 2011
  • Best of World Wildlife & Animal Painters
  • Small Works - Jack Richeson art company
  • Wildlife Art Magazine