“I enjoy being part of a passionate group, but mostly I have loved extending my thinking, refining my art-making and visual language,” declares Cheryl Byngeley.
Cheryl has a thirst for gaining and passing on knowledge. After running her own interior decorating business in New Plymouth, she began teaching fashion design at the local polytechnic and also started the first year of a fine arts degree. While there Whitecliffe Dean of Undergraduate Studies Henry Symonds presented a seminar that inspired her to pack up and continue her fine arts study at Whitecliffe.
After teaching and working for a few years Cheryl suffered some ill health. She decided she wanted to concentrate on her art again, feeling she had only scratched the surface of the potential to develop through Whitecliffe.
“I was really impressed with the quality of instruction and support that I received so I decided to extend myself further with Masters study.”
She says the dedication of lecturers to expanding and extending students’ art practices has been inspiring.
“I have learned to distill my ideas and interest down to a core that I believe will sustain me for many years to come, establishing my voice and language of expression. The Masters has allowed me the space to really delve into what my practice is about and to open up questions about what making art means for me.”