Since her retirement in 2013, Cheryl Todd has focused her attention on her long-standing interest in photography. Although she is partly self-taught, she has taken courses online, attended workshops, and participated in photography club programs. She has also had the benefit of working with talented colleagues. In the last four years, Cheryl has taken thousands of photographs. Through a process of trial and error, instruction and exploration, critique and guidance, she has developed her skills as a photographer and an artist.
Cheryl’s online portfolio shows that her love of nature runs deep. She spends a lot of time in forests, fields, gorges, caves, and on rocky overlooks. She sloshes through streams and traverses slippery rocks to photograph her favorite waterfalls. She kneels under the trees when the spring ephemeral wildflowers are blooming to capture images of their diminutive beauty. With her camera in hand, Cheryl stalks butterflies in meadows and dragonflies in lily ponds. In the winter, she tries to capture the subtle colors and textures of the dry, seedy plants and fields, and the tracery of branches against the silvery-gray winter sky. With her photographs, she shows the viewer the life unfolding in the woods and fields.
Cheryl is still discovering and developing her aesthetic so she also experiments with a broad range of subject matter and processes to see where they will take her. Her portfolio contains a few travel photos, abstracts, architectural shots and playful composites. Cheryl is looking forward to future experimentation in the genres and techniques that will lead her to new iterations of artistic expression.
Cheryl’s work is currently on display and for sale at the Hocking Hills Winery. Her work was featured at the Hocking Hills Tourism Center in Logan in May of 2018 and April of 2019. Her photograph entitled “Morning Catch on the Scioto River” was selected for the Fine Arts Exhibition at the 2018 Ohio State Fair. Her piece entitled “Foggy Sunrise at Kessler Swamp State Nature Preserve” was selected for the 2018 – 2019 Woman of Appalachia Art Exhibition and the 2019 Fine Arts Exhibition at the Ohio State Fair. “Ash Cave Summer View” was also selected for the 2019 State Fair Exhibition. Her work was selected for the 2019 Art Walk as part of The Lancaster Festival.
She also exhibited her work in the gallery spaces of sparkspace in the Arena District in Columbus, Ohio from December 2016 – May 2017. She has participated in numerous exhibitions of the Mount Pleasant Photography Club, including the Lancaster Festival Art Walk (2014-2016). She showed her work at the nature photography exhibit “Walk a New Path” as a member of the PreservArt Ohio group (2016). She participated in the Women at Work show at the Bowen House in Logan, Ohio (2016, 2018, and 2019.) Her work has been featured on the Gallery Wall of the Hide-A-Way Hills Lodge and on the cover of the Hide-A-Way Hills Directory. She has participated in various arts and craft shows, including the Hide-A-Way Hills Garden Arts and Crafts Fest (2014-2018).
Photographs by Julia Burnside Photography (2), Donna Menigat (3,4,5) and Leslie Dye of Elegant Elle Photography and Design (1,6,7)
“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost.”