Cheri Hammon has been an artist all of her life beginning with wall drawings under her bed, which led to more drawings, paintings then the camera, and finally a computer and wide format printer. Cheri began her career in the professional photographic world 30 years ago as a photographic retouch artist for Fitz-Symms, a portrait studio in Augusta GA, where she's from. She did negative and print retouching, hand tinting as well as artwork for copy and restoration of old photographs. She's done retouching and artwork for many of the finest portrait photographers in the country.
Cheri is a member of Professional Photographers of America (PPA). She is a Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) and she is one of only eight in the world who have been awarded all four PPA degrees, Master Photographer, Master Artist, Master of Electronic Imaging and Photographic Craftsman. She was awarded the Georgia Fellowship Degree from the Georgia Professional Photographers Association (GPPA) and was named Georgia Professional Photographers Association’s “2006 Photographer of the Year”. She is currently a member of the Professional Photographers of Idaho where she was named 2013 and 2014 "Master Photographer of the Year".
Cheri is an award winning photographer and loves florals and landscapes as part of her personal work. Cheri’s fine art paintings only begin as a digital photograph, then they are painted by hand, stroke by stroke, using Corel Painter, tablet and stylus and then output onto canvas or fine art paper. Traditional style and technique combined with today's technology. Her photographs and paintings have been in galleries in GA and ID and has won numerous awards and have been published in the PPA Showcase and Loan Collection books and recently in the Painter Showcase book. Cheri was also recently awarded the “Canon Par Excellence Award” at the Western States District Print Competition.
Cheri moved from Georgia to Idaho Falls, ID in 2011 and is married to photographer Dennis Hammon and is looking forward to a new adventure out west.
Find Cheri on Facebook as Cheri Fitzgerald Hammon and Art By Cheri.