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Thanks for your interest in my art...those who appreciate fine art help make it possible for me to do what I love...create more!

Cherry, president of Women Artists of the West (2019-2020) has received the Bronze Medal at the Western Regional Oil Painters of America show, and the Best of the Masters award from the Women Artists of the West, and has been included in the permanent collection of several art museums. She is a Master member/Emeritus of the Women Artists of the West and a Signature member of the Pastel Society of America. Cherry’s work is in the permanent collection of several art museums, including the Phippen Western Art Museum in Arizona, the Eastern Idaho Art Museum, and she has had a one woman show at the Clymer Art Museum in Washington.

Cherry was raised in rural Montana near the Yellowstone River. Her folks were big Charlie Russell fans, which boosted her interest in western art at an early age. Her mother put a paintbrush in her hand when she was eight and her dad sketched horses, especially buckin’ broncs, rattlesnakes and a lot of other non-girly things for her on newsprint from an old lined pad of paper.

Now Cherry has a home studio near Idaho Falls, Idaho where she lives near the Snake River—not far from Jackson, Wyoming, and the Teton Mountain range where wildlife and birds are plentiful (and make great subject matter). She also has a downtown Idaho Falls art studio above the Willard Art Council, one of the area’s historic buildings.

In that elusive free time, Cherry writes short stories and the Jessie O’Bourne art mystery series—murder mysteries with an artist protagonist. Find them on Amazon or visit her author’s website at


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Contact her for:

Commissioned paintings

Hand-painted objects
Interior Murals


Recent Awards-



WAOW America the Beautiful, Museum of Western Art (Kerrville, TX): Best in the Master Division


WAOW - Settlers West Tucson
NOAPS 2020 Fall International Online




Second Place Master Division:  WAOW Mary Williams Fine Art
OPA Western Regional Exhibition




AWA Spring Online Juried Exhibition

Oil Painters of America Salon Exhibition

Tallgrass Rendezvous, Women Artists of the West


Bronze award winner at the Oil Painters of America Western Regional

Fall International Online NOAPS Exhibition

Spring International Online NOAPS Exhibition


Phippen Art Museum Foundation Award

Phippen Western Museum Juried Show Second in Pastel

Inclusion in the International online Juried NOAPS (national oil and acrylic painters society) show

Women Artists of the West – R.S. Hanna Gallery, Fredericksburg, Texas - Best of Show of the Master Signatures Award 2015

Invited to show in the Traveling the West show in Dallas at the Southwest Gallery


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


Second in Pastel - Phippen Museum National Western Juried Show 2014

  • Women Artists of the West - Master/Emeritus

  • Pastel Society of America - Signature member

  • American Women Artists -Associate with Distinction

  • Snake River Plein Air Painters

  • Gallery 12 - Idaho Falls, Idaho

  • NOAPS (National Oil & Acrylic Painters)

  • American Impressionist Society

  • National Society of Portrait Painters

Included in books or periodicals:

  • Art of the West 2019 - the studio of Mary Ann Cherry

  • Big Sky Journal Magazine - 2011

  • Best of World Wildlife & Animal Painters

  • Small Works - Jack Richeson art company

  • Wildlife Art Magazine

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