Watercolors, Oils, Pastels, Acrylics by Cheryl Kampe

Recent Works

My Art

I started painting with watercolors using a variety of subject matter.  From my earliest efforts in painting I have sought to develop my skills with the medium and to bring out distinctive characteristics of the subject.  After moving to Pacific Grove, CA, the surrounding area provides an incredible range of material. The mood and character of the Central Coast provides a major inspiration for my work.   I seek to use a combination of detail and abstract regions to produce a painting that appears photorealistic from a modest distance, yet on closer view is remarkably abstract over large areas and in perfect harmony with the more realistic elements. 

A series of more realistic watercolors called "As I See It" included many of the Trees plus several Coastal Scenes in my galleries.  Those led to a series of abstract paintings called "Elements of Nature". Though this form was new for me, these paintings are also inspired by the same aspects of the coast, especially the waves meeting the shore in an endless variety of patterns and moods.  I am pleased to have received 1st place at the Los Gatos show for my painting titled "The Wave".

I began to paint in different media to get different effects — acrylics allow a more abstract and textured element such as the Urban Landscapes.  Pastels bring a softer feeling and a tactile experience for many of my Coastal Scenes and Familiar Surroundings.  Oils have been the perfect medium for California Landscapes. Recently, I have focused on oils and plein air painting. In a sense, it is a return to the classic elements of painting - form, values, and color based on traditional techniques. Once more I find the Monterey Central Coast the perfect source of inspiration.