Cher Shaffer has been a self-taught artist for the past 45 years. She was born and raised in Georgia, on a small farm. Her early rural upbringing, and her heritage have shaped and informed her work from the beginning. Cher's mother was mixed blood, Cherokee, and Mulengeon, from the Delta of Mississippi. Her father was German and Cherokee, from north Georgia. Both families had strong agricultural roots.
Cher has lived most of her adult life in the Appalachian region, and has a strong connection to the traditions and people of the mountains.
Cher's work is colorful, and has been classified as folk or outsider art. She is a born story teller, and sometimes paints events, and lifestyles of the mountains. Her visionary works, are bold, and fluid and have been compared to Chagall, Picasso, and Modigliani. Her masterful use of image and color have made her work very collectible.