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Cheryl Chalmers' vivid portrait style was perfect for the Spring issue of University of Chicago Magazine, accompanying an article about master color theorist Faber Birren, whose work "still colors the world around us.

Cheryl Chalmers

illustration of This relaxed portrait illustration is a watercolor reminder to hit the books now and then over summer. Books, portraiture, boy, men, poolside, beach, reading, sun, colorful, blonde, umbrella.
illustration of  “Great Blue at Buttermilk,” was not only selected for inclusion in Splash20 - The Best of Watercolor, it appears on the back cover of the book as well.
Ornithology, birds, Heron, green, purple, waterfall,
natural, scenic, impressionistic, fine art, trees, blue sky Calendar animals forest beautiful view rocks reflection water
illustration of Spot illustration for Smithsonian Magazine. Sports, athletic, marine, water, swimming, open water, male, racing, train, wet, washy, loose, blue, violet, red, action, splash, lifestyle, people, holiday,
illustration of Harvard Common Press commissioned this watercolor for a pregnancy book cover. Female, pregnant, expecting, home, exterior, backyard, leisure, children, lifestyle, health, female, green, blue, childcare, parenting, baby, domestic, suburban
illustration of Watercolor published in The Finger Lakes Magazine. 
Waterscape, landscape, marine, boating, kayaks, green, peaceful, tranquil, reflections, lakes, leisure activity, exercise, vacation, fine art
illustration of Watercolor portrait used effectively by Exeter Bulletin.
Woman, girl, beauty, portraits, people, school, young adult, orange, violet, yellow, painterly, stylized, hair, women, female, soft, girl, headshot, people, burnt sienna.
illustration of Watercolor
illustration of One of a series of illustrations for a special retirement section of Military Officer Magazine highlighting the various destination choices and activities for retirees.
Night scene, carnival, celebration, fair, family, fireworks, ferris wheel, carousel.
illustration of Watercolor portrait of Thomas Jefferson illustrates a feature in the July/August issue of Smithsonian Magazine. 
Historical, Portraiture, Men, United States Founding Father, Colorful Watercolor Line
illustration of Illustration for Honolulu Magazine to accompany
illustration of  Cheryl Chalmers illustrated three portraits commissioned by StateTech Magazine for their Fall issue's feature article regarding cybersecurity.
illustration of Commissioned portrait of author Susan Orlean for the Smithsonian Magazine and included in Communication Arts Illustration Annual.
editorial, female, portraits, beauty, portraiture, illustration, watercolor, maroon, pink, violet, stylized, graphic, loose, realistic, publishing, book cover, woman, women, headshot
illustration of Portrait series for luxury start-up magazine.
illustration of Luscious watercolor ilustration for the
illustration of Watercolor portrait of Steve Jobs, portraiture, illustration, figurative, executive, people, corporate, business, men, male, technology, industry, editorial, celebrity, loose, black & white, blue, grey, colorful,
figurative, headshot
illustration of Portrait illustration for the Spring issue of University of Chicago Magazine, accompanying an article about master color theorist Faber Birren, whose work
illustration of Heart-pounding watercolor, titled
illustration of Commissioned Portrait for the Rotman Management Magazine's series,
illustration of Commissioned by Cornell University to illustrate a beautiful, inspiring portrait of their historic McGraw Hall building.  The goal was to generate an emotional attachment for this neglected icon and jumpstart the College's Capital Campaing for renovations.
Architecture, classic, map, aeriel, view, scenic, landscape, Higher Education
illustration of Watercolor portrait for The Communication Counsel of America's employee profile page on their website. 
Corporate, portraiture, female, executive, portraits, woman, business, violet, black, sienna, website, beauty, headshot, ceo, women, girl.
illustration of Award-winning Portrait for Rotman Management Magazine about six visionaries.
Man, technology, ethnic, Indian, executve, portraits, business, CEO, corporate leaders, men, portraiture, headshot, businessman.
illustration of Editorial illustration highlights the buying surge on military style weapons and handguns as the debate about gun control intensifies.
Violence, shopping, current affairs, weaponry, firearm, mass shooting, second amendment, legislation, crime.
illustration of Portrait commissioned by the Communication Counsel of America for their staff website page. Illustration, watercolor, portraits, loose, stylized, orange, yellow, bronze, portraiture, glasses, trendy, hand drawn, CEO, executive, businessman, men, male, headshot
illustration of Portrait of Obama in watercolor. President, portraits, Politician, black, male, Whitehouse, Washington, line with color, brown, blue, patriotic, hope, man, Black Lives Matter, portraiture, headshot.
illustration of Cornell University's Law School.  Gothic Architecture, campus, building, classic, lawyer, law, Higher Education, archway, stone, liberal arts.
illustration of Portrait commission by Johns Hopkins University Nursing Magazine. Asian, nurse, portraits, asian, portraiture, blue, violet, loose, washy watercolor, female, medical professional, hospital, woman.
illustration of This luminous painting
illustration of Editorial illustration for The Wall Street Journal article featuring wines from Africa.
Animals, glass, elephants, giraffs, Africa, wine, bottles, beverage, alcohol, watercolor, packaging, food.
illustration of Editorial illustration about Tuscany, Italy wines for The Wall Street Journal.  Spirits, wine, watercolor, vineyards, impressionistic, wine trail, alcohol, bottle, Italian, Europe, orange, sienna, green, poster, graphic, health, mediterranean.
illustration of Watercolor landscape for a private commission, to be given for a 60th birthday gift. Depicted is a
illustration of Watercolor illustration for the cover of Law School Forum Annual Report, depicting the interior of the classic ivy library.
scholastic, Law, library, interiors, gothic, books, architecture, educational, literary. legal, justice
illustration of Landscape using transparent watercolor.  Influenced by the Japanese woodblock Print style.
Waterfall, nature, water, trees, scenic, autumn, bridge
illustration of Commissioned watercolor for a poster to be given as a gift to Cornell Tech Campus  Board of Trustees members.  The concept was to integrate the Ithaca campus with the future Roosevelt Island, 
NYC campus. New York City, skyscrapers, stylized, marine, city, illustration, map, bridge, landscape, citiscape, blue, green, grey, purple, hand lettering, cityscape.
illustration of Illustrated an open call theme of Chaos for Uppercase Magazine #38.
Conceptual, books, magazines, yoga, meditation, clutter, organization, clean, home, office, watercolor, woman, female. domestic, office, home, book cover.
illustration of Self-published poster. 
Beverages, soda, cans, drinks, fine art, product packaging,
illustration of Book cover for
illustration of Final cover design featuring an exuberant illustration, for the book
illustration of Editorial for The Wall Street Journal's Wine Section. Wine bottle, liquor, DNA, chemistry, newspaper, magazine.
illustration of Watercolor illustration for Higher Educational Institution's Holiday/New Year card.
Architecture, snow, holiday, greeting card, winter, seasonal, night scene, gothic building
illustration of Portrait commission by Garden & Gun Magazine for their Style contributor. Portraits, Male, beard, portraiture, navy blue, loose, stylized, washy, watercolor, glasses, headshot, man.
illustration of Award-winning Portrait for Rotman Management Magazine about
illustration of Commissioned by Cornell University to create an iconic image representing the successful merger of three schools within the SC Johnson College of Business. This illustration conveys the blending of three distinct buildings' different identities within the University.
Banking, finance, Higher Education, urban, buildings, editorial, cityscape, architecture.
illustration of Portrait of Christine Lagarde, former head of the International Monetary Fund.  Head of ECB. portraits,  Business, Finance, headshot, corporate leaders, female, woman, banking, Europe.
illustration of Painting,
illustration of Illustration for Military Magazine about retiries traveling coast to coast in America. Citiscape, Maine, California, vacation, watercolor, stylized, 
Golden Gate Bridge, sunset, New England, San Fransisco, lake, lighthouse, blue, green, violet, yellow, multicolored, church.
illustration of Project involved six portrait illustrations of Garden & Gun Magazine's
illustration of An homage to Vincent Van Gogh's
illustration of Illustration for


Cheryl Chalmers' watercolor illustrations are featured in editorial, institutional, corporate and publishing venues. Her work has been recognized in the Communication Arts illustration annuals, and the Applied Arts Awards. Her fine art watercolors have been selected for publication in 4 editions of "Splash; The Best of American Watercolor". Cheryl's luminous portraits and illustrations can be found across a range of projects with clients such as Smithsonian Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, University of Chicago, The Penguin Group, Garden & Gun Magazine, Random House, Johns Hopkins University, Scholastic Inc.


Conceptual, Figurative, Fine Art, Impressionistic, Line with Color, Painterly, Realism, Silhouette, Stylized, Watercolor, Floral, Whimsical


Action, Adventure, Animals, Annual Report, Architecture, Book Covers, Botanical, Celebrities, Children, Children's Books, Computers, Corporate, Editorial, Education, Family, Fashion/Cosmetics, Food, Greeting Cards, Health, Historical, Holidays, Icons, Industrial, Landscape, Leisure, Maps, Medical, Music, Nature, Packaging, People, Political, Portrait, Posters, Product, Romance, Science, Sports, Still Life, Technology, Travel, Web Illustration, Wildlife, Food/Beverage, Lifestyle, Feminine, Masculine, Spiritual, Youth, Ethnic, Edgy, Environmental, Financial, Urban, Branding