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"To take my inner visions with my hands and create a work of art for you the viewer .... That is the ultimate in self expression." 


Cher Pruys was born in Regina. Over the years she lived in many places including Saskatoon, Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa, Fort Frances, settling into her present home in Devlin, on the banks of the Rainy River with her husband Mark, 4 dogs and 2 cats.


By age three, Cher was seldom found without a drawing tool in hand. She worked in pencil, charcoal and ink over the years, until, she picked up a paintbrush at the age of 35. Beginning with oil paints, she found her chosen mediums in acrylic, water color and gouache.


Although self taught, her dedication and talent has seen her work juried into 98 International exhibits, as well as exhibits in numerous non juried shows. She has won 72 awards for her work at the International Juried Exhibits. Included in these awards, the first recipient of a major Canadian National Award, The Mary Pratt Crystal Award of Excellence at the 2014 SCA Open Juried Exhibition, The SCA 1st place award of distinction twice respectively, 2016, and 2017 at The Canada’s 150 show. The Gold Medal recipient for Figurative Painting in The Mondial Art Academia’s International 2018 Competition. The Aviation Week & Space Technology Award Best of the Best, and the ASAA Award of Distinction for the best painting in the ASAA International Space & Technology Exhibit & Competition, consecutively for 2 years. She has had 14 solo exhibits. Cher is also an avid fused glass artist, and a certified teacher of piano and guitar. Her painting "The Bubble" had the honour of being part of the  Masterworks from The International Guild of Realism Tour. She Was Elected to the American Society of Aviation Artists as an artist member in 1996, and eventually Was elected as a Foreign Affiliate Artist Fellow, one of only two Canadians receive this honour. Her work has graced the covers of 3 books, 14 magazines, and has-been featured in over 50 international publications. Cher's works have found a permanent home in private and public collections worldwide.


Cher's artistic style can be described as Realism with a hint of Abstract in her latest works.  






AMERICAN ART AWARDS – 2019  1st Category 32 for “Innocence”, 1st category 36, for “Entranced”, & 4th for “The Bubble”. 1st  Category 37 for “Brilliant Finish”, and 3rd a tie for “1957 Chevrolet Bel Air” and “Crushed”.


ARTBEST – Winner in the October ARTBEST 2019 competition for “Crushed”.


American Artists Magazine Competition 2019, Honorable Mention for “Crushed”.


American Artists Magazine Over 60 Competition 2019, I of the 10 Winner’s for “Tulle Rainbow”.


Artavita 35th Online art contest, Jan.2020, winner for publication in the 2nd issue of World wide Art Magazine,  with “It’s A Wrap”, “Tulle Rainbow”, & “In The Bag”.


Artavita 32nd Online art contest, 2019, finalist, “Entranced” & “1953 Chieftain”.


Circle Foundation CFA Artist of The Year Awards 2019, Honourable Mention for “In The Bag”.


Circle Foundation CFA 4th Circle Quarterly Art Review Magazine Contest, Sept. 2019, Finalist with “Entranced”.


Fusion Art’s 8th Artist’s Spotlight Solo Art Competition, Winner for a spot in 2020.


Fusion Art’s 2nd Into The Quarterly Exhibition, 3rd Place for “Ndova”, finalist with “Josephine” & “Nanuk”.


Fusion Art’s 5th Annual Figures & Faces Art Exhibition, 1st with a Best in Show for “Cowboy Dreams”, and a finalist for “Entranced” and also for “Innocence”.


Fusion Art’s 2019 Quarterly Highways and Byways competition, 1st with a Best in Show” for “Rearview Mirror”, and a finalist with “Ride”.


CamelBack Gallery 2019 Into The Wild II, 1st and Best In Show for “Josephine”, and a finalist with “Sea Turtles”.


CamelBack Gallery, 2019 Artist’s Own Choice III, 1st and Best in Show for “Innocence”, and a finalist with “Entranced”.


CamelBack Gallery 2019, Paint My Pet Competition, a finalist with “Oliver – Smile”.


ASAA-1st place in The General Aviation Category, 2019


ASSA- Boeing Spirit of Flight Award, 2019


ASSA-1st place in The General Aviation Category, 2018


ASAA-1st place in The Commercial Aviation Category, 2018


ASAA-2nd place in The General Aviation Category,2016,2017.


ASAA – Esteemed Nixon Galloway Award, 2017, for “Gilmore Glare”. 


SCA-1st place Award of Distinction for “Crushed” at The Be Square Elected Members Exhibit, 2016, and also for “Ski Chalet”, at Canada’s 150, 2017.


MONDIAL ART ACADEMIA – Gold Medal (1st) for “Entranced” in figurative art, 2018.


5th International Gallery Award 2016 for “Brilliant Finish”.


SCA Honourable Mention at the 2015, 2016 Juried Exhibitions


ASAA Award of Merit, 2015


The Mary Pratt Crystal Award 2014 A major Canadian National Award in Art through the Society of Canadian Artists


ASAA Military Aviation Award 1 st , 2014, 2 nd 2013


ASAA Award of Distinction, 2012, 2013


Aviation Week & Space Technology Best of the Best for the best painting in the show, 2012, 2013


Aviation Week & Space Technology General Aviation Award, 3 rd , 2006, 2 nd , 2007, 1 st , 2008, 1 st , 2009, 3 rd , 2010, 2 nd 2011


ASAA International Aerospace Exhibition Simuflite Art Award 1997, 2008, Woman in Aviation Award 1999


CAE Horizons of Flight International Art Exhibition & Competition, Award of Merit, 1997, 2006, 2011, 2012. Honourable mention, 2001, 2006. Woman in Aviation Award 2000.


EAA Sport Aviation International Exhibit & Competition, Honourable Mention, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005.


Artflight Canadian International Aviation Exhibition & Competition, Honourable Mention, 2000 3 rd Place 2002 






Solo Exhibitions


Fusion Art’s Artist’s Solo Competition, Jan. 2020.


CamelBack Gallery  featured Artist, September 2019.


Reflections of Realism, Fort Frances Museum, March/April 2018.


Beechcraft Heritage Museum, October 2016.


The Art of Cher Pruys, Fort Frances Public Library and Technology Centre, Fort Frances, ON. Canada 2013 


Celebrate, Fort Frances Museum, Fort Frances, ON. Canada 2013 


Realism, Fort Frances Public Library and Technology Centre, Fort Frances, ON. Canada 2011 


A Northern Perspective, Beechcraft Museum, Tullahoma, TN. USA 2007 


Through Cher’s Eyes, Fort Custom Studio, Fort Frances, ON. Canada 2007 


The Aviation Art of Cher Pruys, Western Canadian Aviation Museum, Winnipeg, MN. Canada 2006 


A Stroke of History, Atikokan Pictograph Gallery, Atikokan, ON. Canada 2005 


Art By Cher, Fine Line Art Gallery, Fort Frances, ON. Canada 2001 


Celebration of Flight, Thunder Bay Art gallery, Thunder Bay, ON. Canada 2000 


Cher’s Passion, Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Thunder Bay, ON. Canada 1998 


The Works of Cher Pruys, Fort Frances Public Library, Fort Frances, ON. Canada 1994 


Cher’s Art, La Place Rendezvous, Fort Frances, ON. Canada 1993  



Group Exhibitions  


The American Artists Professional League Inc. 90th Grand National Exhibition, 2018, Salmagundi Club, New York, “Fall Splendour”.


The American Artists Professional Leaugue Inc. 91st Grand National Exhibitioin, 2019 Salmagundi Club, New York, “Entranced”.


Richeson75 2019 Animals,Birds & Wildlife Competition, “Tigress”,Sea Turtles”, & “Ndova”.


Richeson75 2020 Small works Exhibition & Contest, “In The Bag”, “It’s A Wrap”, & “Chains”.


The International Guild of Realism Masterworks Tour 2015 – 2016.


International Guild Of Realism,2016 11th Annual International Juried Exhibition at Gallery 1261 in Denver, “Illuminated Vessels.” 2017 Winter Salon juried exhibition in Scottsdale, Arizona, at The Marshall Gallery, ”Briliiant Finish”. 2018 13th Annual Juried Exhibition at The Sugarman Peterson Gallery in Santa Fe, N.M. “Entranced” and “Miss Virginia”, Winter Salon Online Juried Exhibition, “Innocence”. International Guilds of Realism, 14th Annual Exhibition at Principle Gallery in Alexandria, “1957 Chevrolet Bel Air”.


Artavita 32nd Online Art Contest, Finalist with “Brilliant Finish”.


Artavita 35th Online Art Contest, winner of publication in the 2nd issue of World Wide Art Magazine, with “In The Bag”, “It’s A Wrap”, & “Tulle Rainbow”. 


Society of Canadian Artists Open Juried Exhibit, Salmon Arm Art Gallery Salmon Arm, BC. Canada 2014 Juried Exhibit, Markham, ON., Canada, in 2015, Gainsborough Gallery, Calgary,AB, 2015,”Tea Time”, Flato Markham Theatre, Markham,ON., 2015, “Bottled Light”,Leyton Gallery of Fine Art, St.John,NL 2016, “Crushed” and “Slurp”, Etobicoke Civic Centre Art Gallery, Etobicoke,ON, 2016, “Just Dance”, and “Weathered”, Online Juried Exhibit,2016, “Peer Pressure” and “Spy Hole”, Art Squarev Gallery, Toronto,ON., 2017, “Missing” and “Duck’s in a Row”, Gallery 78, Frederickton, NB., 2017, “Ski Chalet”, SCA Online Juried Exhibition,”Tulle Rainbow”, “Cherish”, “Positano”, SCA 2018 Elected Member’s Juried Exhibition, “Entranced”, “Stellar Steel”. SCA 2018, 50th Open International Juried Exhibition,” Ride” and “Cowboy Dreams”. SCA 2018 Elected Associate Members Juried Online Exhibition, “Winter Solstice” and “Midnight in London”. 2019 Elected members Exhibition in Pointe Claire, Quebec, “Nanuk”. 


The Art of The CSAA, Western Canadian Aviation Museum, Winnipeg, MN. Canada 2014 


ASAA International Aerospace Art Exhibition & Competition or held-at various Art Galleries in major cities across the USA, Such As Pensacola, Baltimore, Seattle, Kansas City, Savannah, Kalamazoo, Norfolk,etc.

1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014.2015.,2016,2017,2018,2019.


Fusion Art’s, 2019 Highway’s & Byways Quarterly “Rear View Mirror” & “Ride”. 5th Annual Faces & Figures Competition “Cowboy Dreams”, “Innocence”, & “Entranced”. 5th Annual Leaves &Petals Competition,”Peonies”.


Fusion Art’s 4th Annual Group Exhibition, 2020 Febr.5th-Febr.22nd, Palm Springs CA., “Cowboy Dreams”, “Rearview Mirror”, & “1957 Chevrolet Bel Air”.


CamelBack Gallery, 2019 Into The Wild II “Josephine” & “Sea Turtles”, 2019 Paint Your Pet “Oliver”, 2019 Artist’s Choice III “Innocence” & “Entranced”. 


CAE Simuflite Horizons of Flight International Art Exhibition & Competition, Simuflite Center, DFW, TX. USA.

1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013. 


Trenton Airforce Base Juried Exhibit, Astra, ON. Canada 2010. 


EAA Sport Aviation International Exhibit & Competition, Gorman Museum & Gallery, Osh Kosh, WI. USA.

1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006. 


Artflight, Canadian Aviation International Exhibit & Competition or held-at various museums in Ottawa, Halifax, etc.

1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005. 


Duck's Unlimited Exhibit & Competition, Toronto, ON. Canada, 2004 


Woman in Aviation International Exhibition, Denver, CO. USA 1998 


Thunder Bay Art Gallery Northwestern ON. Exhibit & Competition, Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Thunder Bay, ON. Canada 1997.