We had the good fortune of connecting with Cherrie Rodrigues and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Cherrie, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
‘Life imitates art’. A mantra I draw inspiration from often. Art was something I always loved and appreciated. My favorite artist of all time is Van Gogh. I love the impressionism style and really how forward thinking he was for his time. He inspires me to think outside of the box and constantly push the boundaries of art. His story is sad, but rings so true. Most artists never see their art in action and have no idea just how talented they really are. I pursued an artistic career to express my true self, my unfiltered, raw, individuality. That means hardships along the way, constant underappreciation, and plenty of rejection, but you are truly free in that art, truly uninhibited.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My art takes many shapes and forms, I started with painting and moved to living canvas’. I have always wanted to work on a living canvas and I can say that I do. It’s a huge shift from the traditional. My art is very expressive and usually full of color. I am a color fanatic. My world is lived in technicolor I swear. The biggest challenge in doing hair is learning to translate my idea to a functional style that will wear well. It’s all fun and games until someone has to maintain your art and it’s a lot. Something I’ve learned along the way is genuine kindness and empathy for others. Humans are so complex and you are able to evoke emotion with your art. It’s a rather powerful tool.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Week long trip with the bestie?! IN A PERFECT WORLD YES!!! We would be at art museums laughing and marveling at the art. We laugh because in order for me to point something out I get incredibly close to the painting, borderline touching it. It makes everyone at the museum on high alert. I have yet to touch a masterpiece, don’t worry.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
A big shoutout to the inspiring owner of Penrose Academy, Jill Kohler. The culture she breeds has changed my way of thinking and really opened me up to a kinder world where you appreciate the little things.

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