Whether it is the poetry of a mustang in gallop or the sublime beauty of the southwestern landscape, Cheryl Koen’s paintings reflect the spirit of the west and its inhabitants. The wide open spaces conveyed in her work is meant to invoke a feeling of nostalgic connection with the wild west and dreams of times past and present.
In a February 2013 preview of Koen’s one woman show the Houston Chronicle writes “Koen’s thick brushwork blends Impressionist and Realist influences-kind of blown-out Frederic Remington style. She paints en plein air, with brilliant colors that convey a high noon sensibility in the Land of Enchantment.”
High key color and dazzling sunlight are trademarks of Koen’s paintings. And many of her works portray movement, in particular her horses moving through water, you can almost hear and feel the splash of the horses hooves as they cross to the other side.
Painting plein air, Koen has developed a sensitivity to the texture and color of beautiful scenery for which New Mexico and Texas hill country are known. From the moodiness of gathering clouds to horses basking in the sun or wading through the Rio Chama, the essence is portrayed on Koen’s canvasses.
In 1998, Koen left a career in real estate to pursue her passion for art. This “leap of faith” has been recorded in the book “What Next? Women Redefining Their Dreams in the Prime of Life” by Rene Pederson, Dallas Morning News. Koen has recently relocated to the Texas hill country and looks forward to pursuing her passion for painting landscapes and figurative work.
She is a member of Plein Air Painters New Mexico, Signature Member of Women Artist of the West, an Associate Member of Oil Painters of America, an Associate Member of the Outdoor Painters Society Southwest and a Member of the American Impressionist Society
2017 American Art Collector Award of Excellence, WAOW NationalShow, McBride Gallery Nov 3rd-Dec. 31st, Annapolis,Md
2017 WAOW Spring Showcase RS Hanna Gallery March 1-June 3rd, 2017,Fredericksburg,Tx 2017 American Impressionist Society National Show, Montgomery-Lee Gallery, Oct 2-31,
Park City, Utah
2017 Honorable Mention, National Plein Air Painters of New Mexica Show, Sorrel Sky Gallery,
Nov 3rd-30,2017, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2016 Southwest Art Magazine Award of Excellence, 46th Natl. Women Artists of the West
2016 National Women Artists of the West Show, RS Hanna Gallery , Fredericksburg , Texas 2016 Santa Fe Plein Air Festival Reach for the Stars, First Place, In Art Gallery, Santa Fe, NM 2016 Western Spirit Show , Cheyenne, Wyoming
2015 Western Spirit Show, Cheyenne, Wyoming
2013 Jung Center, One Woman Show, Houston Texas
2013 Hubbard Museum, Celebracion del Arte, Ruidoso, New Mexico
2012 Ex Arte Equinus V-International Equine Art Competition-Art Horse Magazine
2012 Silvana Gallery Miniature Show, Los Angeles, California
2012 Albuquerque Museum Minature Show, Albuquerque, New Mexico
2011 Three-woman Show at One Artist Road, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2011 Horizon Line Show, Santa Fe Arts Commission Community Gallery
2010 Greenhouse Gallery Salon International, San Antonio, Texas
2010 Dog & Pony Show- Brandon Michael Fine Art Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2007 New Mexico Masterworks Show
2005 Featured Artist for the Lincoln County Humane Society
2005 National Oil Painters of America Show
2005 Featured Poster Artist for the Lincoln County Sheriffs Posse
Represented by The Gallery at the La Posada, Santa Fe,NM & The Silver Hat, Tubac,Arizona