WHO AM I My name is Betsy Cherry. I am a wife to my best friend, Mike, and mother to my three amazing little children, Landon, Kiley and Aleia. We live in a peaceful rural neighborhood, surrounded by trees and wildlife with our energetic dog, Jack, and gentle Bearded Dragon Gabe. We are a happy little family of seven.
WHAT'S MY STYLE I call my photo style "Artistic Photography" because I love thinking outside the box; I call my artwork style "Photographic Art" because I love to pay special attention to detail. It's not about being photographed by my camera or being drawn with my pencils, but rather being brought to life through the art I create. It involves capturing a true moment in time, creating a personal story, and building a collection of real memories that can be cherished.
WHEN IT ALL BEGAN As a child, I would skip to the end of step-by-step drawing books and copy what I saw. Later in life I realized I never truly appreciated the techniques those steps offered. I was good at copying but I didn't know how to make a drawing special. So, I started back at the beginning. I learned the value of those steps and became a better artist because of them. I like to say that I spent the first half my life drawing and the second half of my life learning how. When I decided to add photography to my portfolio, I remembered to start at step one.
At the age of 14, I sold my first drawing when someone saw it hanging on the wall at my school. It made her smile. Since that day I've dedicated my time and skills to creating art for others to enjoy. When my son was born I felt a desire to create beautiful photos of him. He was my inspiration for wanting to create photos for others.
My dad, who has always been my artistic mentor, gave me a motto to live by: "what I lack in skill, I make up for in creativity." This statement reminds me that my art has no boundaries other than fear of not being able to do it. That's what being creative is all about!
My dad gave me a second motto years ago: "practice the technique and put the technique into practice." It reminds me that I can create anything I set my mind to if I work hard enough at it. WHY I DO WHAT I DO The greatest feeling in the world is seeing a client tear up when I hand them their artwork. This raw emotion is the reason I do what I do. Whether it's a drawing, an illustration, or a photo, I want people to feel the life in what I've created for them.
I love giving people something one-of-a-kind that they can cherish forever. Whether they want to remember a baby's first days, capture a personal milestone, recreate a priceless moment, or show off their business with a unique logo, I pour my heart into it. I hope to create for you sometime . . .