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Cheryl Handy was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She joined the Army at age 19 traveling to Panama, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, and Amsterdam and several U.S states. After her military career she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English and began a new career as an editorial assistant and office administrator. Due to her fulltime employment and caring for her family, her creative time was relegated to some nights and weekends for many years but she now enjoys practicing her craft full time in semi-retirement.

A self-taught artist painting since age 12, Cheryl’s inner city upbringing and subsequent world travel are influential in the works she creates, and she is comfortable working in most mediums, subjects and genres. Ms. Handy has exhibited in many solo and group exhibitions throughout Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia and has served on occasion as a panel member for Prince George’s County Maryland’s grant reviews for the visual arts.



Artist Statement

"Although I enjoy painting many subjects, I love the work of portraits and figures. It’s been said that the eyes are the windows to the soul, but it is the gestures, the expressions, and the body language that tell the whole story. And I enjoy being a story teller. My work is representational realism usually, though I sometimes dabble in abstractions. I love color and recently have been exploring more with mixed media and texture. Aside from portraits and figures, I also enjoy painting Land and skyscapes and still life."

Artist Resume / CV