Cycles of Decay and Renewal

Cheryl Taves is a visual artist working in mixed media painting, printmaking as well as drawing and painting on Mylar. She was born in Winnipeg Manitoba, but has lived and worked in Victoria, BC most of her life. She graduated from the Victoria College of Art in 2004 and has been successfully showing her work in juried and non-juried exhibitions since then.

In 2003, along with three other contemporary artists, Cheryl opened and operated an artist run gallery and studio, The Store Studio, in downtown Victoria. During its two years of operations she exhibited a diverse body of work comprised of drawing, painting, and sculpture. During this time, Cheryl was represented by the Fran Willis Gallery in Victoria, BC, where she had been successfully exhibiting until its closing in June 2007.

Cheryl has been represented by the Fran Willis Gallery and the View Art Gallery in Victoria, and by Atti Gallery in Toronto. She has also shown at Sopa Fine Arts in Kelowna and in the Campbell River Public Art Gallery. She is also a member of the Wednesday Group, a weekly critique group led by Bill Porteous with a focus on abstraction and providing critical feedback.

In 2014 Cheryl completed a 7 month Mentorship Program with California artist Nicholas Wilton. During that time she re-discovered her passion for the creative process and began working as a Creativity Coach, helping artists to connect more deeply to their authentic expression and to build a supportive art practice for themselves. Through 2016 to 2018, Cheryl joined the Art2life Team and began working with hundreds of artists through the Creative Visionary Program, an Art2life intensive 12-week online program. She also offers creativity coaching for artists and online programs through her complementary business, Insight Creative.

Cheryl’s interest in the act of relationship, specifically the process of moving between a known and an unknown experience, is what presents itself in her work. Change, growth and personal perception – cycles of decay and renewal – deconstruction and reconstruction are all reoccurring themes in her art.

Cheryl’s studio and home is located in Metchosin, BC, a rural community located just outside of Victoria. She shares her life with her husband Keith Baker, a musician and designer.