Cheri Cappello

Bio

The connection and deep reverence that Cheri feels for our Native people began as a child. Cheri was born and raised on a large cattle and sheep ranch in the Colorado high country. Many hours were spent exploring the ancient encampments and burial grounds on the family's ranch. She collected artifacts and arrowheads while working the ranch. Her respect and kinship grew through the years and were fueled with education and involvement with the Native people. At the same time Cheri learned the art of running trap lines and tanning and preparing skins and furs from her grandfather. Her early years also found her hunting, fishing and living the western ranch lifestyle. This taught her the value of nature, animal life and the bond that runs between man and the land. She learned the importance of balance between these two. It seemed only natural that Cheri would create art that would demonstrate her love for the Native Americans, the land, and a lost way of life. Each one of her pieces is a one-of-a-kind museum quality work. They are historically true to the 1800's circa war shirts, wedding dresses, and child's ceremonial works of art. These striking works are created by hand using elk and buckskin. They are painstakingly brought to life with fine beadwork and authentic adornments originally found on period pieces. The result is a powerful statement of our Native American culture. You can find Cheri's work in public and private collections across the country and in Europe, Africa, and Australia. She is represented by many fine galleries, and has won numerous awards at prestigious national and international shows. Cheri currently owns and operates a ranch in the mountains of Colorado with her husband and children. Cheri's artwork is her way of honoring and demonstrating her respect for our Native American heritage. 

Accolades

  • 33rd-36th Annual Western Art Show, San Dimas, CA, 2010-2014: Best of Show, Artist’s Choice, People’s Choice, Festival Choice and Purchase Award
  • Women Artists of the West
  • Peppertree Art Show, Ten Year Buckle

Artwork

Dreams of the Mountain, Lakota shirt
Possible Bag, Turquoise
Cries to the Moon Ceremonial Apache Shirt
Walks to the Water Ceremonial Ute Shirt
Medicine Bag Burgandy
Pipe Bag feathers, Ermine, white
Medicine Pouch with blue and orange
Possible Bag Yellow with Red Stipe
Pipe Bag Gold
Beaded scabbard knife
Dark Bull Cheyenne Ceremonial Shirt
Chases The Moon, Horse Mask
Medicine Pouch pink and blue w/crosses
Possible Bag Blue, Turquoise and Yellow
Medicine Pouch w/blue and red
Possible Shoshone Bag yellow crosses
Native American Breast Plate with brown pouch
Pipe Bag with Red Arrows
Breast Plate Small red and blue beads
Medicine Bag, Turtle shell and Fur
Possible/Ceremonial Bag
Possible Bar, Dark Mauve and Yellow
Shadow Dancer, Crow Ceremonial Shirt
Cheyenne Princess Burial Moccasins
Blue Horse Mask
Pipe Bag, blue SOLD
Stands Alone Crow Warshirt SOLD
Ceremonial Bag, white SOLD
Possible Bag w/black and blue SOLD
Breast Plate w/beads SOLD
Pipe Bag White SOLD
Pipe Bag Turquoise SOLD
Ceremonial Shirt SOLD
Possible Bag Red Arrows SOLD
Pipe Bag with Pouch SOLD
Pipe Bag with Red Cross SOLD
Knife with Beaded Scabbard SOLD
Southern Ute Possible Bag SOLD
Ceremonial Pipe Bag with Ermine SOLD
Ceremonial Pipe Bag with Abalone Shell SOLD
Breast Plate w/Blue SOLD
Breast Plate Brown SOLD
Pipe Bag with Yellow SOLD
Breast Plate, Red SOLD
Sings With Wolves Shirt, Southern Ute SOLD
Breastplate, Red SOLD
Breastplate, Turquoise SOLD
Pipe Bag, Cheyenne Pink SOLD
Pipe Bag, Comanche SOLD
Pipe Bag SOLD
Medicine Pouch With Bear Claw SOLD
Medicine Pouch SOLD
Faces The Sun, Lakota War Shirt SOLD
Breast Plate SOLD
Possible Bag SOLD
Pipe Bag SOLD
Ceremonial War Shirt SOLD
Ceremonial War Shirt 2 SOLD