Jewelry and Sculpture
Cheri Bohn first became interested in art in the first grade when she heard about Vincent Van Gogh’s ear. She earned a BFA from the University of North Texas, and it was during this time that her journey with stained glass began. After she and her family moved to the Ozark Mountains in 1999, she was inspired by the tree roots in the area.
She has been featured in several local magazines and newspapers, as well as on radio and television. She was the featured artist in the Fayetteville Insiders’ Guide 2014 and received the best-sculpture award in the 2018 ANA four-state competition. Her work has been displayed in Texas, Arkansas, Arizona, New York, and California.
Living close to the White River has provided me with roots that would normally rot away or be thrown into a fire. I began to notice the unique growth patterns in the roots. After throwing them around my yard one day in 2001, I had an epiphany: I saw a dragon in one, and I knew I had something unique. This led to the idea to combine tree roots and stained glass to create one-of-a-kind sculptures.
I study the design of the roots to see what the root wants to be. I love that nature provides my inspiration. The sculptures create different creatures, such as birds, turtles, dragon, ships, sci-fi creatures, and many other things. I have done some abstract ones, as well. I use tree roots, briar roots, and wood burls. I take off the bark and sand it down, and then I paint it with polyurethane. It is not all me—I read what nature has provided. My message to the world is to “balance with nature.”