Meet Cheryl Oz of Lincoln Park, Michigan. Cheryl Oz Designs is a collection of youthfully-spirited, retro-inspired, hand-drawn, digital or painted illustrations consisting of archival prints, handcrafted paper and mixed medium goods.
How long have you been creating your artwork?
I've been creating art since I was a young child. I would never be without my bag of markers and my sketchbook. I could always entertain myself for hours.
What makes your artwork unique or distinctive?
I think what makes my art unique is the youthful spirit which I think is represented in the bright colors and the many details that are included in my work. I tend to focus on subjects such as retro-themed, pop-culture ideas or child-inspired illustrations. I'm pretty much a kid at heart. What do you remember wanting to be when you grew up?
From as far as I can remember back I have always wanted to be an artist.
What do you love about the creative process?
I love drawing and painting. Once I have an idea worked out in my sketchbook that I know I want to make into a painting I cannot wait to get started. It really is pure joy.
What inspired you to start creating your art work & how did you turn it into a business?
I had been dedicating my free time to my artwork a lot over the past few years. I had always in the back of my mind hoped that one day my dream of being a full-time artist would come true. After working as an Art Director in advertising for over ten years and not being truly happy i knew it was time to start pursuing my dream. So, with the support of my husband, family and friends, I decided to put my whole heart into being an artist and that's where I am today. I've never felt happier!
What do you enjoy doing besides making art?
I love cooking and having people over for a nice dinner or party. I enjoy spending time in the summer with my husband, working on the garden and yard to make our outside space a nice place to hangout and relax. Summer is my favorite season of the year, so I try to do as much as I can outdoors from sun up to sun down. I even will work on my paintings on the patio table. I enjoy swimming, bike-riding, walking the dogs, picnicking and barbecuing.
You can find lots of Cheryl's retro -inspired prints at Yellow Door and online. Stay tuned for more fun and interesting info about Cheryl all this week!
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