Cheri Christensen

Cheri Christensen: Brushwork & Backlight

Video Length: 3 Hours 36 Minutes

This instructional video with Cheri Christensen on backlighting and brushstrokes can take you from beginner to being able to paint whatever you want. It can take you from being a good painter to the next level.

Cheri shows you how to take your painting to heights you only imagined before now.


This video is for you if you want to learn:

  • How to get in front by understanding one essential concept
  • To experiment with new techniques
  • How to paint what you see
  • How to understand values and the relative nature of light and shadow
  • How to simplify brushstrokes and manipulate them for impact
  • How to control the edges in your painting
  • How to solve the number one problem people have when painting highlights
  • To see the colors of shadows and light (you didn’t know they were there, did you?)
  • How to use backlighting to create warmth in your paintings
  • How to use color and texture to create light and shadows
  • How to paint white objects and make them warm and luminous
  • How to place your objects where you want them to create a balanced and interesting composition

You will learn how to assemble all the elements of a picture to make a painting you are so happy with, you will be excited to show everyone.



Cheri was born in Enumclaw, Washington, a small rural town of dairies and horse and cattle ranches at the foot of Mt. Rainier. Her grandfather was a cattleman and was a big influence on the subject matter of her paintings.

Cheri has been painting farm animals and teaching oil painting for over 25 years, and she currently resides in San Antonio, Texas.

Early in her career, she found the right teacher, who taught a method she wanted to learn. Working with Ron Lukas, a protégé of Russian Impressionist Sergei Bongart, Cheri developed her own distinctive style of painting.

Cheri began by copying paintings and quickly moved on to painting portraits and still life's, extending her drawing skills. She did every class, workshop, and mentoring session she could.


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