Cheryl van Dyk
Cheryl grew up in Potchefstroom where she also attained her B.A.Fine Arts Degree at the University of the North West. For several years she practiced her art fulltime, gave private art classes and illustrated a botanical field guide for the Botany Department of the university at Potchefstroom.
In 1984 Cheryl embarked on a 24 year career in heritage conservation, and in 1988 relocated to Pilgrim’s Rest in 1988 where she continued her museum career. Her work included museum communication, research, publicity, graphic designing and exhibitions. Throughout this period she continued to paint, inspired by the natural environment of the Mpumalanga Escarpment and the Lowveld. She also established the Pilgrim’s Rest Artist’s Guild and facilitated 12 successful annual art exhibitions at Pilgrim’s Rest.
Early in 2008 Cheryl left her career in heritage conservation to take up painting on a full time basis. She has since become a rather reclusive figure devoting herself to art and migrating between the Escarpment and the Bushveld. Needless to say her art is profoundly influenced by nature and the simplicity of rural life. Her art has been exhibited countrywide and can also be found in collections in USA, South America, Europe and New Zealand.
” I do not try to copy nature but to interpret what I see and experience. Each painting takes on a life of its own and leads me to its own conclusion. Wildlife and nature is essential to my existence and I am always in awe of natures vast and timeless magnificence. In painting nature I hope to share what is so precious to me and to contribute to conservation awareness. ”