Cheryl McClure was born in Oklahoma and lives on a small ranch in northern Texas. McClure was a finalist for the prestigious Hunting Art Prize in 2011, and an artist in residence at the Centre d’Art Contemporain in Sainte Colombe sur lâ Hers, France, in 2006. Her work is represented in five galleries across the United States, including Houston, Nashville, and Seattle. Her paintings are exhibited in public collections throughout Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana, New York, and Tokyo, Japan.

Cheryl McClure is the feature artist of Theodore Worozbyt's poetry collection Smaller Than Death. About the paintings of the Johnson Creek series appearing in this book, McClure writes the following: I have always been influenced by nature and the land. Living on a ranch in northeastern Texas for the past eight years has moved that influence up a notch. I am surrounded by trees, pastures, sky, pond and a meandering creek. Looking out the windows of my house or studio is such an inspiration. Even in bad weather, I find something I never noticed before and it will appear in my work at some point. That said, I don’t set out to paint what I actually see in nature, it emerges as I work through my process. Whatever the medium, I strive to let the painting speak to me . . . . Without a social or political message, surface quality, marks and lines, color relationships and design are what I am most interested in when painting.

Johnson Creek Summer 5
(Oil, wax, resin on wood 10"x10"x2")

Johnson Creek Field Notes 3
(Graphite, wax, resin on wood, 8"x8"x2")