BY SHARON LONEWOLF –
Visually impaired since birth, Cherrie Stanberry learned to see beauty from within. Her positive attitude helped her to break free from the constraints of being legally blind: “Don’t worry about what you can’t do. Keep going and focus on what you still have.”
A self-taught artist, Cherrie has tended her creative fires for as long as she can remember. She recalls many enjoyable visits with her artistic grandmother, who introduced and nurtured creativity through paper dolls and many other crafts when she was barely five years old. As Cherrie grew taller, her sight grew shorter and dimmer until she could no longer see anything further than one or two inches away from her eyes. But her grandmother insisted that blindness is only an inconvenience—not a tragedy—and exposed her to more advanced crafts such as crocheting, ceramics and more.
As a young woman, Cherrie’s attraction for art and passion for learning led her in many creative directions. She taught herself how to create new wonders from paper mache, polymer clay, pen and ink drawings, pastel and acrylic paintings, jewelry making, decoupage, art journalling, gourd art, altered books, and bottles and much more. Her work can be seen at www.descrysartstudio.com.
She is also a kid magnet; children are attracted to her winsome personality and generosity in teaching art. “Because Jehovah gave me the creative talent, I try to pass on the gift to others.” She says that her strong faith in Jehovah, her art and a rollicking sense of humor helps her to navigate through life.