Most of my childhood was spent on the western plains of NSW, where I grew up on my parents property between Moree and Goondiwindi. A beautiful tranquil little place called ‘Bimbadeen’ (an indigenous word meaning ‘good view’). Bimbadeen was located between North Star and Cropper Creek.
Many years later and after a long career teaching in tertiary institutions and high schools, calling numerous places home, I moved to the beautiful Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia.

I currently work from my studios in Doonan, where natural bees wax (hot and cold), meet dry pigments, oil paints, texture and playfulness. Welcome to my world of creative possibilities.


Cheryl’s current choice of media is cold wax, dry pigments, oxides, and oil paints. I also enjoy encaustic (hot wax) painting, and occasionally pull an original print from my etching press.


Studio Address:
Doonan Studios
28 Littleridge Court
Doonan Qld 4562

Phone: 0447 013 784

Website: cherylmcgannon.com

Open Studios Sunshine Coast

More About Me

Cheryl paints abstractly, endeavouring to express a feeling of place within colour and marks to create work that has the ability to be felt by the viewer and not deliberated upon. She explores themes that expand on her journey through life. She draws inspiration from her surrounding environment, places she has lived and travelled.

Painting with cold and hot wax media offers an appealing range of options to explore and play: the ability to layer, to obscure and excavate, to engrave and inlay lines, variations in transparency and opacity, saturation and subtlety of colour, and the transitory liquidity of the heated bees wax medium is forever exciting to work with. Both hot and cold wax mediums are very rich materials.

To successfully and reliably communicate in a direct way, Cheryl believes abstract painters must understand the basic tenets of their craft, such as colour, line, form, qualities of surface, and gesture. Above all the painting must be a fun and playful experience.

Cheryl received a BVA and an MCA from James Cook University in Townsville, and a Bachelor of Adult Education from the University of South Australia.

Her paintings, original etchings and lino cuts are in many private and regional gallery collections, including The James Hardy, library Brisbane; Gympie Regional Gallery; MacKay Regional Gallery; Perc Tucker Regional Gallery and others.

Her work has featured on the cover of the ‘Cup Magazine: Asia Contemporary Art Show, Hong Kong, a magazine of contemporary art. One of her cold wax paintings and techniques were selected for publication in the recent award winning book ‘Cold Wax Medium – Techniques, Concepts & Conversations by Rebecca Crowell & Jerry McLaughlin, Squeegee Press, USA publication. A featured artist in Tamarind e-magazine 6th edition and in ‘The Palmetum’ Artist Book, Published by Lyre Bird Press.

Cheryl teachers workshops from her studio in Doonan and has delivered workshops in many other locations throughout Australia, including both encaustic and cold wax workshops for Flying Arts Queensland, The Channel Country Ladies Day in Thargomindah and most recently has been invited to run a 5 day workshop for Fibre Arts Australia in 2021.