I work on projects across a spectrum of connected fields, including; photography, design, hospitality, writing, publishing, yoga, humanitarian and fine art.

 

ABIDE

Retreat. Rejuvenate. Explore. Repeat. 
Hospitality for NOW. Unique vacation accommodation for adventurers, yogis, and lovers ...
Find out more here.

 

PHOTOGRAPHY

I specialize in documentary, portrait and fine art photography. You can see my photographic work here.

TURKANA

I work to help the vulnerable children of Turkana, Kenya, who suffer malnutrition, parental loss and commercial sexual exploitation. Find out more here.

 

 

PUBLISHING

Lumenum is a documentary photography publishing organization with a purpose. See our projects here.

I LOVE TO WRITE.

 

I began writing when I was very young, and then for a long while I stopped writing because I was consumed by the visual world (especially through the lens of my camera), and I was also gripped by writer's block for a number of years due to an abundance of unprocessed emotional trauma. That is now no longer the case.

I write poetry, essays, short stories, and yes, of course; I'd like to write a novel.
I'll start posting my writing here soon.

 

 

I LOVE TO PAINT.

And make "fine art" objects, exhibits, and décor.

 

I studied fine art at the University of Auckland many years ago. I have been practicing making art ever since then, with various media. Since I've been living in New York the work has generally been restricted to pencil and watercolour, and photography. I love oil painting but that definitely requires a studio. The big drawings I can do on the floor of our apartment and then I can put it all away pretty easily. One day, when I grow up, and maybe live in the countryside, I'd like to have a studio.

 

 
Agni + Apas | Watercolour pencil and paint | 2015 | © Cherie Aarts Coley

Agni + Apas | Watercolour pencil and paint | 2015 | © Cherie Aarts Coley

Tetrahedron of the Bindu | Watercolour pencil and paint | 2015 | © Cherie Aarts Coley

Tetrahedron of the Bindu | Watercolour pencil and paint |

2015 | © Cherie Aarts Coley

Imagining the Event Horizon | Watercolour pencil and paint | 2015 | © Cherie Aarts Coley

Imagining the Event Horizon | Watercolour pencil and paint |

2015 | © Cherie Aarts Coley

I LOVE TO USE MY CAMERA

 

It's true. I love my camera and I love to take pictures. There's something so fleetingly satisfying about capturing that moment, even if you know it'll never be seen.

I'm still working on getting more of my many photographic projects online, but for now you can see some of them here