Cheryl Tenn is a graphic designer by trade and a realism illustrator who draws and paints simply for the love of art. Her goal has been to create striking art packed with detail. Subject matter could be anything from portraits, still life, landscapes to wild life. Her speciality is pencil, however, choosing the medium which best suits the subject matter. Coloured pencil, acrylic, oil, chalk pastel and often a combination of two or more media to achieve a desired effect.
Born in British Columbia, Cheryl was raised in Toronto. Being fortunate to attend Wexford Collegiate School for the Arts, where she had extensive training at a professional level. This environment inspired her life-long learning and a desire for personal excellence. Graduating at the top of the class from George Brown College, Graphic Design course, choosing a graphics career before the age of computers. Self taught computer skills, she grew with the ever changing industry while continuing to illustrate commissioned projects for over 30 years.
Cheryl’s biggest commission came from winning an illustration competition at the Toronto Zoo. Applicants supplied samples in various media to be judged. By winning, she completed pencil illustrations for the 10 foot signs displayed at each animal enclosure in the African Savanna section. The signs will remain for many years to come.
Loving and appreciating history, culture and all styles of art, among her favorite artists are Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo and Group of Seven.