Cherie E. Truesdell grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, but moved north after school for her first job. "I didn't even last a year. I came right back to the South and landed just outside of Atlanta. I'm definitely a southern girl at heart. Nowadays, I live in Marietta with my husband, dog, and cat." And she still draws on her roots for inspiration. "I was fortunate to grow up in Baton Rouge. Living in Louisiana gives you a real larger than life kind of feeling." In her work, Truesdell strives to portray "the emotional and metaphysical nature of man, using symbols, color and narrative." Truesdell was chosen by juror Sam Barzilay as one of six artists to be included in our annual Portfolio exhibition.