My artwork is inspired by my spirituality, approaching art in a way that reflects the light from within. Spirit moves me in all its forms; it is the great love and beauty of spirit (life itself) which provides the inspiration and answers the why of what I do.
The medium of paint captures my imagination, dominates my being, delivering me outside of time and space when I paint. Exploring paint’s application as it transcends brush and canvas to capture and release into the birth of a new creation. Crisp into fuzzy, unfinished strokes, figures, portraits, atmospheric, narratives and so paint yields itself to the artist’s will. Layers on layers composing an image, just as the world of matter and personality layer over one’s soul; non-conventional wiping away, seeing through layers, revealing the depth of paint and pigment. Likewise, the peeling away in the mind opens us to the growing awareness of our true nature. Innovatively, the work evolves within the artist's dream with a defusing of image and atmosphere. Applying medium though tool and technique surrendered to paint and process in an ever-evolving place that is Surrealistic.
Translate my work as a source of being grateful. Gratitude and thankfulness for life as well as those who have traveled this world before. People, places, color, patterns, culture, traditions, and faith have all inspired what I leave behind. The great number of self-depictions, religious themes, colorful textiles, and skeletons, in my portfolio leave you to ponder what actually warrants the definition of Spirit.
The innumerable pilgrimages I’ve taken on the Toltec (a Mesoamerican culture) path have greatly affected my life and art. Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead), a theme I translate as a source of being appreciative for life and remembering the light of this world. In my over ten years of travel to the country of Mexico it’s rich history, civilization, society and practices have all inspired my work, but none more than the pyramids of Teotihuacan, the presence of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and the beloved artist Freda Kahlo. Hence, the great number of my paintings, all seen through the eyes of oneness might leave you to ponder what actually justifies a self-portrait. A bit eclectic, like life itself, my art follows traditional standards then shift and change to reveal something more in technique, theme, and meaning. If the viewer looks deeply one common thread is always present –that thread is the love of spirit, the inner beauty and light that shines through everything. Often the presence of light in my work can create a dream-like quality to the piece. It may show up in the eyes of the model, the atmospheric condition of the landscape, the symbolism of the still life objects or portrait. Spirit is always present.
Wisdom of Light Fine Art
Inspired by her own spiritual path and pilgrimages, Cheryl Soltis shares with you her love of paint and photography. Born and Raised in the Philadelphia area Cheryl currently resides in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. Cheryl is a member of the Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology (ACEP) with training in the Tapas Acupressure Technique (TAT) and Psychology-Kinesiology (Psych-K). She has studied with Psychologist, psychotherapist, authors and educators Gay Hendricks, PhD & Kathlyn Hendricks, PhD in the Conscious Loving and Foundation Programs taken at The Hendricks Institute. A trained commercial artist and public school educator by profession with a BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts) and Master’s Equivalency in the state of Pennsylvania, Cheryl has established a full professional life.
Called by a local Bucks County, PA church in July of 2000 to attend a workshop that she did not sign up for, Cheryl met don Miguel Ruiz. The foundation of Cheryl’s art and mentoring is rooted in the Toltec Masteries of Transformation, Awareness and Intent as taught by Ruiz, author of "The Four Agreements". Cheryl has studied under the personal guidance of don Miguel for many years, existing as one of his rare and prestigious Dreamers residing on the East Coast.
An additional contributing influence and great inspiration to Cheryl’s spiritual development has been the book, A Course in Miracles (ACIM). Originally published in 1976 this text of about 1,333 pages contains a curriculum, which assists its readers in achieving spiritual transformation. Soltis practices and applies these spiritual principals in conjunction to the Masterful Living community and courses as led by Rev. Jennifer Hadley. She currently studies with Jon Mundy, Ph.D. an author, lecturer; publisher of Miracles Magazine and Executive Director of All Faiths Seminary International, in NYC.