(1960 - )
Cheyne was born in Auckland, New Zealand in 1960. She started
drawing things as a child, choosing her "favourite things"
as subjects: a little ornament, a leaf or a feather, the Stubbs
horses from her birthday cards or wild cats from a calendar.
She studied art in high school and, after moving to Sydney,
Australia in 1980, Colette attended a local art class where
she began to experiment a little with paint and studied life
drawing. Pencil remained her preferred medium, and upon her
return to New Zealand in 1988, Colette began accepting commissions
to draw children and pets. Her ability to portray something
more than mere appearance made these sensitive portraits particularly
successful. In 1992 Colette began painting in oils and sold
the first of her animal paintings. She made the move to paint
full time in 2000, and the next year won the prestigious best
of show award in the international Wild Cat Art 2001 show
for her painting, 'Serval'.
artwork has been featured in Sporting Classics and Wildlife
Art magazines as an up and coming artist to watch. She is
represented by galleries in New Zealand and the United States,
and her oil paintings hang in private and public collections
in New Zealand, the United States, and around the world.