Young artist Cheri Blum passes away

Young artist Cheri Blum passes away

WOODSTOCK, Vt. — Artist Cheri Blum, whose work has been published by Wild Apple Graphics since 1996, died in her home by the Sassafras River in Georgetown, Md., this past November. She was 34.

Blum was born Sept. 24, 1969, in Baltimore. She was a 1987 graduate of St. Mark’s High School in Wilmington, Del., and had followed her dream of becoming an artist when she entered the Fine Arts Program at Marywood University in Scranton, Pa. She graduated from the University of Delaware in 1991.

Blum began her career as an illustrator and muralist, creating trompe l’oeil, faux painting and decorative furniture finishes. She later became known for her applied artistry. Using cracked linen as a surface, she painted motifs that conjure up images of Italian frescoes and simulate the effects of time and weather.

Her artistic interpretation of beauty was popular with consumers and proved to be successful in both open-edition prints and as a license in file home decorating industry on products ranging from fine linens and floor coverings and serving pieces and stationery.

Her extensive list of more than 40 licensees includes Croscill for bed and bath products, Mohawk Rugs, Amcal calendars, Glitterwrap for giftwrap and Wallquest, which has produced a complete Cheri Blum wallpaper collection.

“Cheri Blum was an artist, innovator and prolific creator of beauty. She has been an important part of our company’s success and a cherished member of the Wild Apple family,” said Laurie Chester, Wild Apple co-founder. “We will miss her greatly.”

Cheri Blum’s life was celebrated at a Catholic Mass and Christian burial in November in Elsmere, Del. In addition to her parents, she is survived by three brothers and a sister-in-law, her maternal grandparents, two nephews and a niece.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Cheri Blum Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o St. Mark’s High School, 2501 Pike Creek Rd., Wilmington, DE 19808.

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