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Cherryl fountain graduated in Fine Art painting at Reading University in 1972. She then gained a teaching certificate from Brighton Polytechnic in 1973. After a probationary year Cherryl studied at the Royal Academy Schools from 1974 - 1977.
Cherryl's work regularly appears in the Royal Academy summer Exhibition.
Cherryl specialises in painting still life with a particular interest in colour combinations.

1968 – 1972 Reading University – BA (Hons) Fine Arts - (where John Wonnacott was
1972 – 1973 Brighton Polytechnic – Art Teachers Certificate
1974 – 1977 Royal Academy Schools – Post-graduate Certificate


1978 Italian Government Bursary to Perugia, Italy, to paint and study art history
1983 Richard Ford Foundation Bursary to study in The Prado, Madrid, Spain


1975 Creswick Landscape Prize, Royal Academy, London
1975 Relief Painting Prize
1975 Worshipful Company of Painter Stainers Bursary,
Freedom of the Company and the City
1975/76/77 David Murray Studentship for the furtherance of landscape painting
1976 Richard Jack Portrait Prize
1977 Second Prize, Turner Gold Medal, British Institution Drawing Award
Prize Winner, Observer Jubilee Print
1978 Greenshields Foundation Award for Painting
1986 Royal Academy Christmas Card Prize Winner
1991 Abbott and Holder Travel Award, Royal Water Colour Society


1983 New Grafton Gallery, London: `A Two Woman Show`
1984 Royal Museum, Canterbury, Kent
1985 Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh
1986 Royal Museum, Canterbury: `Four Realist Painters`
1987 Drew Gallery, Canterbury
1992 New Grafton Gallery, London: `A Two Woman Show`
1993 Canterbury Fringe Festival: `Natural Selection – Hurricane Pictures`
1990 Drew Gallery, Canterbury
1994 Tabernacle Cultural Centre, Machynlleth, Wales
1994 John Davies Gallery, Stow-in-the-Wold: `Four Person Exhibition
1996 Mompesson House, Salisbury: National Trust Foundation for Art
2004 Nevill Gallery, Canterbury
2004 Fleur de Lys Centre, Faversham.

Mixed Exhibitions (include)

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition (exhibited for 23 years)

The Piccadilly Gallery, London; Maas Gallery, London; New Grafton Gallery, London; Mall Galleries, London.; Painter-Etchers Exhibition, London; Royal Watercolour Society; Drew Gallery, Canterbury; Open Eye, Edinburgh; Bourne Gallery, Reigate; Tenterden Gallery; National Trust – (`Storm Struck` at Petworth; `The Long Perspective` Agnews; `The Broad Horizon` Agnews; Centenary Exhibition, Christies); World of Watercolour, Park Lane Hotel, London; English Watercolour, Royal Museum, Canterbury; Waterman Fine Art, London; Singer Friedlander Exhibition, Royal Society of Portrait Painters.

Commissions (include)

National Trust Foundation for Art: Sissinghurst Castle Gardens; Nymans; Stoneacre; Barrington Court; Mompesson House.
Portraits: Nigel Nicholson; Clare Palley, Master of St Annes College, Oxford
Design Work: British Gas Calendar 1990 - `Castles of the South East`;
Baptismal Roll for Selling Church, Kent. Numerous mugs, Christmas cards and tea towels. Book cover for ”Tyler Petrie’s Patch of Green” by Phil Jones, published in Canada.
Additionally, extensive work in public and private collections.

Work Represented in Publications

• Watercolour Master Class by Laurence Wood – Harper Collins
• The Encyclopaedia of Watercolour Techniques by Hazel Harrison – Guild Publishing
• Practical Watercolour Techniques, Edited by Sarah Buckley – Tiger Books


Over 20 years of Adult Studies Classes in painting and drawing for Kent County Council
1991 - 2000: Part-time teacher of Art and Design, The North School, Ashford, Kent


• Viewing English gardens
• Ceramics
• Taking a sketch book to first class cricket matches
• Christian activities, including being Church Warden at a rural church in Kent and organising the annual flower festivals

Future Plans

• To concentrate time, to further develop portraiture, and to exhibit more widely
• I am planning a large scale watercolour series depicting gardens throughout the seasons
• To continue my travel painting following a recent inspirational trip to the Holy Land
• To further my design work
`….she enhances our perception that flowers please our sense of smell, that fruit enhances our sense of taste and that landscapes often have distant outcrops as sharp to our eyes as the rocky foreground.` Dudley Dodd 1996

`She is bang in that line of English eccentric artists, Blake, Calvert, Samuel Palmer, Richard Palmer and Stanley Spencer. These painters had no doubts about their work because they have a skill which enables them to give full rein to their zest for their subjects. Cherryl`s sheer application is amazing.` John Ward 1996