Author Archive | Cheryl Finfrock

Ladders, Fences, and Archetypes

The White Sun Sleeps  Inside a Pink Sky

The White Sun Sleeps
Inside a Pink Sky

“In my case Pilgrim’s Progress consisted in my having to climb down a thousand ladders until I could reach out my hand to the little clod of earth that I am.”

Carl Jung

I’ve referenced Jung’s archetypes in my paintings for years.  The idea of the ladder as a tool for ascension has always fascinated me, or in Jung’s quote climbing down into our basic element.

Recently a friend asked me why all the fences in my work?

A fence is just a ladder on its side.

The fence moves horizontally and is a ladder at rest.

Like most of us, our ascension is not so up and down but back and forth, rolling like fences through the hills.

Blue Skies Pour Like Milk into a Field

Blue Skies Pour Like Milk into a Field

Snap Shot

Snap Shot

The Queen and the Cowboy

The Queen and the Cowboy

Happy New Year & Welcome 2014!

Samuel McFarland McLemore

“Samuel McFarland McLemore”  by Cheryl Finfrock
acrylic painting on claybord


“The historical sense involves a perception, not only of the pastness of the past, but of its presence”
― T.S. EliotFour Quartets

I am a T.S. Eliot fan and am fascinated by the delineation of year end and year beginning, the past and and it’s relationship to the present and future.

This painting, “Samuel McFarland McLemore”, is inspired by my great grandfather. He is the father of my maternal grandfather Roy McLemore.  Samuel was born in Jasper, Texas a few months before Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. He was skinny as a pole and known to wear two pairs of glasses at once.


Samuel McFarland McLemore

Photo of Samuel McFarland McLemore




Never Odd or Even: How a Palindrome Tells a Story

Never Odd or Even

“Never Odd or Even” by Cheryl Finfrock



 noun \ˈpa-lən-ˌdrōm\

a word, phrase, or number that reads the same backward or forward

I like a good palindrome, backwards is forwards and forwards is backwards. They rock back and forth like an old rocking chair. Palindromes are not always words, sometimes sentences. The character in this painting, “Never Odd or Even”, is waving hello or goodbye?  Perhaps both, a visual acting out of that back and forth palindrome.

A poignant coming and going.


What Inspires? Studios from the past and present and a nature story

My current studio at Pump Project in Austin. This is my favorite painting table. A hollow core door makes a great table. Easy to move.  All surfaces are potential palettes.

A hollow core door makes a great table. Easy to move.

My postcard from East Austin Studio Tour 2013

Plenty of sun!

Plenty of sun!

My home studio in south Austin 2007 – 2011. Love the sunlight, but the Texas heat was more challenging.

This is my 2003 -2006 studio in the old Masonic Temple in downtown Vallejo, CA. The stairs were steep and no elevator. (Four double sets). Nice light and a great way to get in shape!

This is my 2003 -2006 studio in the old Masonic Temple in downtown Vallejo, CA. The stairs were steep and no elevator. (Four double sets). Nice light and a great way to get in shape!

I like to shoot close up local action on my smart phone. The colors, steady movements, and an entomological fascination inspire me. Look what these guys can do with some grit and determination. When I was six, I had a different reaction to ants. I had broken my leg and received an ant farm as a present. Insects were pretty icky for me. The ant farm spent time in our storage closet.

Thankfully, I’ve made a turn around. Yes, Texas Wood Cutting Ants can be role models.

Enjoy my Facebook movie.



5 Reasons to Love East Austin Studio Tour!

While many are gearing up for the holidays, I am anticipating November’s East Austin Studio Tour, otherwise known as E.A.S.T.  For this reason, November is my new favorite month. I have opened my studio at Pump Project Art Complex for three EAST seasons.  With almost 200 open studios, this self-guided art tour is filled with a wonderful energy that infiltrates the whole city.


And don’t forget to come by my studio for FREE M&M’s. :)

So why love EAST?

  1. IT’S FREE

    It’s doesn’t cost a dime to get in. It’s FREE! Bring your friends and family.


    Austin has a huge artist population, come out and support them. Our final weekend approaches, November 23rd and 24th from 11 am – 6 pm.


    An open studio event is a perfect time to get inside the artist’ space. See us in our native environment: the studio. How do we make what we make? You will find demos of printmaking and other processes. Learn more about encaustics, sniff the bee’s wax. EAST is an opportunity to immerse your senses in what’s behind the studio door….


    Many new works are being unveiled at this event and have not been shown to the public. With over 400 artists, EAST can be a wonderful archaeological dig. Make your discovery.


    You can find wonderful art available to fit any collector’s budget. Plus you don’t have to wait until the end of an exhibit to take the work home, cash and carry or credit card. At EAST the open studio invites you into an intimate environment for an experience you will remember into the New Year.


Visit me this weekend at Pump Project Art Complex #M                                                                 

702 Shady Ln

Austin, TX 78702

I’m open 11 am – 6 pm both Saturday and Sunday, November 23rd – 24th  

The Evening's Hush Held an Open Hand

The Evening’s Hush Held an Open Hand

For more information about EAST, visit Big Medium’s EAST website at EastAustinStudioTour

EAST Map # for Cheryl Finfrock

EAST Map # for Cheryl Finfrock


Support Austin Artists and get your EAST Catalog


Support EAST Austin Studio Tour

The East Austin Studio Tour is sustained by the community.Your contribution promotes the studio tour and increases an audience through intelligent marketing, supporting the production of the beautiful EAST catalog, providing tour fellowships to artists, covering installation and event costs, and much more.

Follow the link to get your ticket:

Fundraiser Group Show this Saturday, November 2nd from 6 – 9 pm

Big Medium at Canopy/916 Springdale Rd/Austin,TX 78702

June is Art Career Development Month at Jerry’s Artarama!

June is Art Career Development Month at Jerry’s Artarama!

Prepare for a four class journey into the Business of Art.

Presented by Cheryl Finfrock

Save the dates in June:

Three Tuesday nights: June 11th, 18th, 25th from 7 – 9:30 pm

& the following Sunday June 30th 4pm – 8:30 pm

Cost is $175 for this four session Art Career Development Workshop

Registration Deadline is May 26th

Call Cheryl Finfrock (512) 426-9217 to register

Visit Eventbrite Link for details and to pay with credit card: