Cheryl developed a passion for drawing as a young girl in a small town outside of Portland, Oregon. Through grade/high school She applied her creativity at every opportunity. Cheryl attended the University of Oregon and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Painting in 1975. Instructor Frank Okada, famous Northwest abstract painter, painter Ralph Baker and portrait artist Alan Hammer all influenced her work.
After graduation, Cheryl worked as a illustrator and graphic designer in Portland Oregon. She moved to Seattle and worked in the fashion advertising field and retired 24 years later. After retiring Cheryl studied with a variety of artists, like Nickolas Wilton, Steven Assael, Bo Bartlett, and Pilchuck Glass School expanded her artistic horizons taking sessions with glass artist KeKe Cribbs, Capps Thompson, Dick Weiss and Susan-Stinsmuehlen-Amend.