Cheyenne Tardie | St. Lawrence University Art and Art History

Cheyenne Tardie


Class year: 
Art & Art History (studio)
Northfield Falls, Vermont

I grew up in a very small town in Northfield Fall, Vermont. Because a number of my family members are quite artistic, I have always been very fascinated with the art world. As a child I focused most of my studio work around drawing, and I didn't start painting until I got here to St. Lawrence, I tried painting and I fell in love with it. I have always had an interest in people’s psyche, and their varying coping mechanisms. So after a few trial and errors here at SLU, trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life, I finally settled on a double major of psychology and studio art.

 I have many interests and hobbies. I focus most of my time outside of class in the studio painting, in the dance studio with Graceful Movements, and in the gym.  Similarly, dance has always been a passion of mine, however I was juggling too many other sports and extra-curricular activities when I was younger to really engage in it. Therefore, once I reached college I figured now would be the best time to try something new, and so I joined the Dance Team, later switching to Graceful Movements.

I am currently in painting III, as well as senior seminar for studio art majors. For painting III as well as for my seminar project I am touching on some topics that are not only relevant in today’s society but they are topics that I am very passionate about. Through my journey of painting here at St. Lawrence I have found myself becoming increasingly fascinated with skin texture and body image.  I am working on a series of about six paintings focusing of fragmented parts of the body (I typically use females as subjects) which are heavily scrutinized in society. For example one of the paintings I want to do is going to focus on skin rolls on the stomach region. Another project I am currently working on a 6’6” X 4’ painting, where my goal is to highlight beauty of all skin types, all races, and all body sizes.

My future career plan is that I  hope to enter the Peace Corps post-graduation for 2 years and also after I travel for a couple of years, I would like to explore graduate school for either my psychology degree or my art degree, so that I may become an art therapist. I have also been considering looking into some fellowships or maybe a post-bac program for painting.