By Jessica Crabtree
Winston Churchill said, “There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.” Those words and that notion are pivotal to the life and art made by Cheryl Student, art pieces from graphite to pen and ink as well as oil pastel. Her No. 1 muse, model, subject and passion to document is the horse. “I can’t remember a time I didn’t love horses,” Student admitted. A Texan now, her upbringing looked very different from her current location.
Student was raised more than 1,800 miles east, just outside of New Haven, Conn. “My grandpa on my mom’s side was a produce farmer,” she explained. Her earliest memories of horses come from that same grandfather, “He had a team he used.” Student and her grandfather shared a common passion, a love for horses.
As Student grew, a trend became apparent. Two things consumed her life, horses and drawing. One came about the same time as the other. To negate either was out of the question nor dictate which was stronger. “I was little and would pester my mom, ‘What should I draw next?’ My mom would answer ‘People, how about drawing people if you can draw people, you can draw anything.”’
Art and horses simultaneously evolved throughout Student’s life. Drawing from the young age of five, perhaps her mother helped influence her art as well as encouraged it. “My mom had a job working with Archie comics. She would ink parts of the penciled drawings. I remember my mom being down in our basement, where her studio was, doing this,” Student stated. Not only was her mother an influence, but her aunt was a working artist.
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