Vicki Downey Cheek
Raised in rural Missouri on a farm close to Rocheport, Vicki grew up spending her days outside surrounded by a variety of farm animals as well as wildlife. Her love for animals, specifically horses and dogs, is reflected in her artwork.
Although through the years she has used a variety of mediums, over the past few years, Vicki's medium of choice has been graphite. “I feel as though I can merge with the piece as I am working on it when I use pencil." She has thoroughly enjoyed working in shades of gray, however, she is wanting to begin adding watercolors and oils back into her regiment. She hopes begin a new phase with these new works in color.
Vicki gathers references and researches subjects not only here in Missouri, but all over the United States. From the drover working in the Fort Worth Stockyards, to the door hinge found hiding along a deserted wharf in Savannah, GA, she is constantly looking for what inspires her. Then back in her studio, she works to depict each story in accuracy and in great detail.
Vicki lives on a farm outside Sturgeon, Missouri with her husband, two horses and two cats. Her paintings and drawings hang in private collections across the United States, in Taiwan, Australia, and England. She regularly donates to various charity events that benefit St. Jude's Children's Hospital, the American Cancer Society, and animal rescue organizations. In addition to her western and wildlife paintings, Vicki does pet portraits when time allows. Her pet webpage can be found at: VickiCheek.wix.com/petportraits