We had the good fortune of connecting with Cheryl Magellen and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Cheryl, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Risk represents being vulnerable and once there is a confession as to being an artist, there is immediate judgment. Growing up, not only was it unfashionable for young girls to be groomed to be anything but a wife and mother, any kind of entrepreneurial effort made toward autonomy was shunned. Add to that something as frivolous as pursuing a career in art and I could forget about being taken seriously. Ever. I was a dreamer. I was unrealistic. I was a bohemian. I was irresponsible–all the titles that have labeled artists for decades.
It is unfortunate that society measures success by having all the trappings associated with it–ample money in the bank, large homes, excellent credit, fancy cars. It does not measure success by inner happiness, peace or joy. If I gave up doing what I loved every time I failed, I would not improve as a person or a painter. If I settled for a mundane career, building dreams for other people, I would feel unfulfilled as a person. If I instead, despite the risk, put all my energy into what I love, and strive to be the best I can be at it, it equates to personal success. And who knows? Maybe my passion will manifest all the trappings. That is the risk I take to be happy.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My artistic path began early in life with a love for drawing and my addiction to color didn’t come until well into my career. When color started to appear in my work was when the real work began and when my art became more than a hobby. I painted with a vengeance, challenging myself with daily study, in and out of art schools. The only challenge was to keep pressing forward.
In today’s world of bold color and abstracted reality, I am still a willing slave to the beauty of the human form and the disciplines of representational art. You may find some abstracted, colorful passages underlying a lot of my work these days, but on top you will find studied form and classical traditions. I believe and teach that all artwork, no matter what the subject, whether realistic or completely abstracted, is held together with good composition and value structure.
My background as a feng shui practitioner, master gardener, graphic designer and gallery curator has shown me the importance of creating spaces that combine art with intentional living. With this in mind, I enjoy creating custom art for discerning clients, from realistic family portraits, or rolling landscapes, to mood-enhancing abstraction.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Everyone who visits Las Vegas knows about the Strip… that colorful playground of rumors and secrets. But there is another side of Las Vegas nestled within its surrounding red rock canyons–the Arts District. Every First Friday brings thousands of people to enjoy art, taverns and great eateries. Visit Priscilla Fowler Fine Art Gallery to shop for well-curated local art and handmade original jewelry and other gifts. Make a reservation to enjoy the amazing menu offered up at Esther’s Kitchen, or drop in at Main Street Provisions, Good Pie, or sit back and enjoy crafted beer at any number of breweries along Main Street.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Gabriel Mark Lipper (8 Paint Infinite Arts, www.artofgabriel.com) has encouraged and mentored my growth as an artist since I began my artistic journey.
Priscilla Fowler (Priscilla Fowler Fine Art, (www.priscillafowler.com) is a gracious, amazing and determined business person who pushes through all the pitfalls of being an artist and gallery owner. Her reputation hangs on her kindness, respect and support of her gallery staff and artists.