Cheryl Radford has lived and worked in London, Ontario for approximately 40 years. A strong left-brain and right-brain thinker, Radford taps into both her creative and analytical skills to capture her subjects, from streetscapes and architecture to figure drawing and the beauty of the countless golf courses she’s played while constantly improving her game, this being her favourite sport.
After growing up on a farm in Southwestern Ontario and receiving a Diploma of Design Arts - Creative Arts from Georgian College in Owen Sound, her professional career included graphic art and design at a printing company before working at an advertising agency. Upon leaving the ad agency in 2003, Cheryl transitioned into accounting and administration at not-for-profit, charitable art organizations and reunited herself with creating fine art. She believes that life is a work in progress, and that art production is an integral part of her life.
Inspiration for her prolific creative practice draws from all that life has to offer: vast varieties of people, two part-time jobs, the seemingly ordinary natural surroundings in Southern Ontario, her enjoyment and love of the many pristine golf courses she’s played, or artist trips abroad. In the words of George Bernard Shaw “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” Cheryl works from a combination of life and from photographic references, and she may elaborate and alter her subjects, whether they’re a specific person, place, animal, or any myriad of objects or interests that may catch her eye.