Cheri Spencer Haüg
Painter of Life's Moments

Rock Stars


The trend in art is towards impressionism and abstract. I'm a realist and my style is more goofy_ism. Who knows? Maybe I'll be the Andy Warhol of my time? (There I go again with the jokes.) I think I'll call it "real-goofy-ism."

These acrylic paintings are on 5x7” gallery wrapped canvas.
 All four edges are decorated with little cartoons and jokes. 
Iridescent highlights add to the playfulness.  

Adults

Children

Pets

Fun Stuff

Secret Agents

Super Heroes

Rock Stars

Vegetables with an Attitude

Yoga Vegetables

Lips

Coffee & Tea

Pets with Attitude

Still Life

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Figure Studies

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Rock Lobster
Acrylic on Canvas
5x7 2017
$175  
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email: CheriHaug@aol.com

 

 350x250 or 172x 75

 

Secret Agent 253
The Story of Tarzhe’

The Secret Agent Cows project evolved from the vegetables with attitude series. My characters were all wearing sunglasses. When I think of secret agents, I picture them wearing sun glasses.

So I started chewing on the idea.

When was it that farmers started putting those numbered tags on cows’ ears? The first time I saw that, I remember thinking of the lyrics to Johnny Rivers’ song "Secret Agent Man." "They’ve given him a number and taken away his name!" (Click here!) My secret agents were destined to be cows.

I am acquainted with Paul and Julie Larson who sell beef at the Cameron Park Farmers’ Market. They were nice enough to let me come out to their Sun Ray Farm near Mindoro to take photos of their cows. A few days after the photo shoot, when I sorted through the photos, I came up with three full body photos that would work on my 5x7 secret agent paintings. I texted Julie to ask her to look up the names of cows number 442, 253 and bull 163. She looked them up on the computer and texted back that 253 was named Tarzhet because she had a target-like marking on her forehead. I responded, "Perfect! I just did a painting of her as a secret agent!" I dropped the T at the end of Tarzhet and added the accent to make the pronunciation a little more obvious.

I think she has a heart on her forehead. How pretty!

Agent 253 likes her "mootinis" shaken; not stirred. She wears her Glock in a custom designed thigh holster. You may wonder why she is wearing nail polish. But have you ever met a female secret agent who didn’t?

 

Continuing on now for
Secret Agent 442,
Meghan's story

When I first hatched this idea of cows as secret agents, I was thinking it would be fun to give my cows real girl names, not cow names like Elsie or Daisy. I needed some real modern sounding names. The first one that came to mind was "Meghan." I laughed out loud at the thought of writing it on the canvas:

"They’ve given her a number and taken away her name.
...And by the way, her name is Megan!"

I can’t help but say it in a low and serious voice. In my head I’m sounding like Johnny Rivers.

I thought Meghan was the perfect name for this lovely lady. Well, after looking up cow #442, Julie texted back that number 442 was named Meghan! I just about fell over!

Now here’s where the story gets even weirder. When I was taking close up pictures of the cows, one of them came up to me and licked my thigh on my blue jeans. It was kind of gross but I decided to just appreciate the connection and enjoy the moment. She licked and licked and licked until my jeans were soaked through. Blech! I couldn’t wait to get home to change clothes!  Later when I looked over the photos, I saw that it was Meghan who had given me all those sloppy cow-kisses!

Did Megan somehow know how special she was going to be to me? It’s sweet to think that she was kissing me for painting her portrait! Who knows what sort of intelligence secret agents have access to!