We had the good fortune of connecting with Cherie Fruehan and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Cherie, how have you been keeping yourself busy during quarantine?
I been very creative during quarantine. I have been painting and writing and making art dolls–pretty much acting on whatever creative nudge inspires me at the moment!
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a painter by nature. I love to paint big bold colorful faces on large canvases. Because of the quarantine, and the inability to have a showing in an art gallery or public space, and because people are being frugal and conserving their funds right now and not buying large, expensive pieces, I have been painting on a smaller scale. I have been making wearable art, painting denim jackets and tote bags and offering them on my own website and also on Etsy. It’s been fun! I’m also an author, with two fictional novels under my belt. I’m really proud of the stories I’ve written. My first book The Suicide of Sophie Rae is about a detective who is an empath, who is working on a case where a woman has died and is stuck in between worlds. My second book is Dinner With the Hawthornes, and is about a woman who discovers a secret about her husband–a wrong he’s done her, and she decides to kill him, but someone else beats her to it! I just started working on my third book this week…it’s definitely a good time to sit and write! I am grateful for my imagination, and think having a creative outlet during this time is really keeping me sane!
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
Dallas is such a great city! There are so many places to go. One of the spots we take out of town visitors, if they want one stop drinks and dinner is the Ritz. We start off with drinks at the Rattlesnake Bar and then dinner at Fearings and after dinner cocktails on the rooftop bar. If we want an arty time, we can visit any of the amazing galleries and museums in town, from the DMA to the Dallas Contemporary, or any of the other galleries on Dragon Street…then we can head to the Statler Hotel for drinks at Bourbon and Banter, if we can figure out how to get in to the speakeasy 😉
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Right now, it’s my family, all of us being together in quarantine, that is inspiring me. Both of my kids are creatives as well, my son is a filmmaker and movie aficionado and my daughter is a singer/songwriter. We have been entertaining each other. One day we’ll be painting together in my studio, the next we’ll be in front of the television watching a quirky film that my son recommended, and the next we’ll be listening to a song my daughter has written and produced.