Smith strives to capture the emotion of the natural world that surrounds her. By manipulating the physical characteristics of powdered glass, she is able to achieve forms that resemble familiar land formations. Cheryl has studied and been selected for residencies in the USA, Norway and Scotland. She began exhibiting in 2007, receiving national and international attention. Her work has been in numerous exhibitions and a recent solo installation at galleries throughout North America and in the U.K. In 2014 & 2016 Cheryl received Honourable Mention in the International Bullseye Glass Emerge competition. She was a finalist in the Salt Spring National Art Prize in 2015 and 2017, and in 2017 her work was selected for the Canadian Craft Biennial at the Art Gallery of Burlington,. Cheryl has been the recipient of numerous awards and grants from Craft Ontario, Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts.