May 4 - 5 , Site: 75
Palo Alto Art Studios
4030 Transport Street
Palo Alto, CA 94303-4913
My recent work features sea life I have sketched at the Academy of Science in San Francisco. I have been working on a series of collagraphs made from plastic trash found along the California coast and in my own neighborhood. 'Flows to the Bay' series is my small attempt to highlight the problem of plastic trash in our waterways. I am hoping my artwork will create more awareness around the issue and a call to action by viewers. I spend a great deal of time exploring beaches, camping in forests and hiking beautiful trails. I relish sketching imagery from the natural world and keep a sketchbook handy to record my interactions and observations. All creatures fascinate me and are often featured in my work. Etching and monotype allow my sketches to come to life, enhanced and transformed by the textures so unique to printmaking.
Cherise Thompson creates original etchings, monotypes and mixed media. She received a B.A. in Studio Art from the University of California, Santa Cruz, with a concentration in painting and printmaking and has an Associate Arts degree in Graphic and Interactive Design. She continued her printmaking studies with Bay Area artists, Alan May and Daniel Krakauer. Ms. Thompson enjoys teaching art to people of all ages and currently teaches art for a variety of organizations throughout the Bay Area. She maintains a studio in Palo Alto and her artwork is in private collections in the U.S. and abroad.