Cheryl's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    San Jose Team

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Washington, DC

  • AIRED ON:

    Public Television: Season 4

  • ON DVD:

CHERYL FOSTER

Artist
C. Fosters

“I don't want a safety net; I just want to be out there and doing. But my happiness is a little bit different from everyone else's.”

INTERESTS:

Art

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Courage Experience Exploration Failure Family Hobbies & Pastimes Passion Pressure Self-Reflection Education Money & Financial Security Regrets

FOUNDATION:

Being Creative

TAGS:

adoration, animals, art school, cancer, church, creating, discouragement, exposure, illness, making things, parents, real estate, safe path, safety, school, science, suffering, time, veterinarian, working with your hands

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Originally wanted to be a veterinarian; realized she wasn’t the kind of student who was cut out for the sciences.
  • After reevaluating her path, she realized she liked working with her hands, making art; went back to school at Howard University to study art.
  • Her parents wanted her to have a “safe” career: “I was a gross disappointment when art became my path.”
  • Was with a partner who discouraged her from pursuing art as a career, told her, “that’s a hobby.”
  • She listened, put her art to the side; became a real estate appraiser to pay the bills, did it for 20 years.
  • Says she “suffered silently,” resented him, resented her choice, knew she was supposed to be making art.
  • Saw her mother pass away without living out some of her dreams—visiting the Bahamas, taking a hot air balloon ride; decided to go back to art.
  • Even the “comfort” of being financially stable couldn’t persuade her to going back to “the suit”; doing what she loves supersedes everything else.

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