Vicki Downey Cheek
Being raised in rural Missouri on a farm outside Rocheport, much of Vicki’s artwork includes animals or nature in some fashion. She also enjoys creating different pieces of art from a variety of subjects. “I have a passion for horses and am drawn to the western way of life, but I also love discovering something hidden and unusual, and then showing it to the world thorough my art.”
She finds most of the world to be extremely intriguing often hiding fascinating and mysterious parts of itself in plain sight to be overlooked by the mere passerby. These things frequently catch her eye and beg to be recreated in a piece of art.
Working in a variety of mediums, it is graphite that she has a true passion for. “I feel as though I can merge with the piece as I am working on it when I use pencil. To me it is a more intimate way to be involved in the creation process than when I use a brush to paint.”
Vicki has gathered references and researched 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 in Columbia, 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.
A member of the Missouri Watercolor Society, Vicki received a Merchant Award in 2012 and 2013 at the Missouri Watercolor Society National Members’ Invitational exhibit in Columbia.