Cher Shaffer
At her home in rural Appalachia, Cher Shaffer draws, paints, sculpts, or assembles art every day, as she has done for more than four decades. When asked, this self-taught artist scoffs at the question of her art education, laughing that she is not only untrained, but in fact “barely civilized.”
Cher spent her childhood days on Deep South farmland where a little girl’s closest companions were often of the non-human variety. She loved the farmyard animals, yard dogs, stray cats, her pet rabbit “Blue Boy”, and her favorite chicken “Chica Bee.” She was fascinated by the jubilant activities of the people down the road whose lives seemed so different from hers. In time, her observations became her memories.
Being of diverse ancestry, Cher learned from her mother about the legends, folkways, and spirituality of her Cherokee heritage. She gained a sensitivity to the multidimensionality of the world, and eventually she would push past the boundaries into other realms. She began painting in earnest following her mother’s death.
Over the years, Cher’s art has followed her life’s meandering path, growing and changing with her own self-awareness. As a young mother of three, Cher first painted rural landscapes and childhood memories in a traditional folk-art style, work that was charming, yet constrained. Gradually, as she and the children grew, her art became more fluid and introspective. She learned to open herself up to the experience of making art, painting, sculpting, and assembling, so consumed by creative forces that she loses awareness of the everyday world.
Now in her senior years, Shaffer feels liberated as an artist, free to express her emotions, and receptive to enlightenment from any source. She works quickly, spontaneously, and relentlessly. In recent years she is more willing to face fear and mystery, and to express darker insights in her work. Her experiences have brought an acceptance of shadow, while still embracing the light. With her bright smile and quick laughter, Cher remains a happy and optimistic artist, infusing her fanciful images with humor and affection.
As life inevitably runs its course, Cher Shaffer’s goal is to leave a body of artwork that will endure. Passionate and energetic to her dying day, she is vowing to go out with a paintbrush in her hand.

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POLKA DOT PUPPY
11'' x 14''
ink & acrylic on
old ledger paper
$300
ZEBRA
11'' x 14''
ink & acrylic on
old ledger paper
$300
BEAR AND STARS
12'' x 10''
ink & acrylic on
old ledger paper
$250
ORIGINAL ART ON PAPER
These works on paper are unique original art.
Some were created on pages from a salvaged 1944 accounts ledger. Others, as marked, were crafted on art paper or mat board.
THESE ARE NOT PRINTS.
They are shipped to you unmounted in an archival glassine pouch with archival foam core.
HOOTY HOO
9'' x 12''
ink & acrylic
on art paper
$175
MISS BUN
12'' x 9''
ink & acrylic
on mat board
$225
LAYNA
9'' x 12''
ink & acrylic
on mat board
$225
LOOPY
9'' x 12''
ink & acrylic
on art paper
$195
FLIP
12'' x 9''
ink & acrylic
on art paper
$110
ROLLER SKATING
9'' x 12''
ink & acrylic
on art paper
$125
RIVER IN A HAT
11" x 29"
painted assemblage,
scrap wood & cardboard
$175
BLACK DOG ON A SUNNY DAY
16'' x 20''
acrylic & paper on canvas, mounted on wood  panel
$400
JIMMY CROW
12'' x 16''
acrylic on canvas,
mounted on wood panel
$350
MISS NC TAG DOLL
8.5'' x 26''
painted assemblage, wood, license plate
$175
DANCING MOUSE
12'' x 16''
acrylic & paper on canvas, mounted on wood panel
$350
DANCE OF JOY
12'' x 16''
acrylic on canvas,
mounted on wood panel
$350