A Little Bit About Me
Watercolor on Arches 140lb
I try to use real subjects that I find in my paintings, like these rusting old trucks discovered in Southwestern North Dakota.
A native of Colorado, Sheryl, grew up on the western slope of Colorado where her love for drawing and painting was fueled by the Rocky Mountains and the splendor of nature. Her love of art began as a small child. "I can remember the excitement of getting a new box of Crayola Crayons and a new coloring book as a young girl. To this day, new art supplies excite me."
Creativity runs in her family. Her great grandmother was an accomplished water colorist and china painter. Her father is also an established artist , her mother a quilter and her sisters enjoy quilting, painting and jewelry making. Art class was her favorite class from grade school through high school, but when it came time to go off to college instead of going to art school, she pursued a BS in Accounting from Colorado State University because it was the "practical thing to do."
After a satisfying and successful career as a certified public accountant, she decided to pursue the creative lifestyle she dreamed about. Pink Warrior Studio(tm) was founded in 2015 and Sheryl returned to her artwork. "My diagnosis in February 2009 with breast cancer was a life changing event that caused me to rethink my life, my career and to seriously consider whether I wanted to continue down the road I was on. Something inside me told me it was time to follow my heart and my passion."
And so her journey back to her art began. Per Sheryl, "my journey to this place was long and I frequently battled my left brained logical self which would paralyze me with fear and self doubt. It took much soul searching, inspiration, some coaching and a little push to get here. In the end, it was about trusting myself and allowing myself to pursue my dream . In the words of artist Georgia O'Keeffe, "to create one's own world takes courage."
Watercolor is Sheryl's medium of choice. "I love the lightness and the flow of watercolors. They allow me to express both the fluidness and the details of all things in nature." Nature is her inspiration and she incorporates that in her artwork whether it be landscapes or the finer details found in nature.
Sheryl lives with her husband of over 30 years, Michael and her German Shorthair Pointer, Annie in Windsor, Colorado. She has two beautiful daughters and two wonderful son-in-laws.
Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.
Hi, I'm Sheryl
I consider myself a self-taught watercolor artist that enjoys the great outdoors and all things inspired by nature. Ever since I can remember, I have had an appreciation for the natural beauty that surrounds us each and everyday. I find a quiet comfort in slowing down the fast-paced world we live in to admire the details of a snowflake, the way aspen leaves ruffle in a breeze, or the sweet song of a songbird. There is so much to experience in nature, you just have to take the time take it all in. My love for nature and the delicate and beautiful world we live in is what is reflected in my work.
Watercolor is my medium of choice. It is a challenging medium to work with and I like that. I also like the "lightness" of watercolor and the glazing techniques that allow me to bring forth depth and details in the subject of my paintings. I normally work on Arches 140 lb or 300 lb cold-pressed watercolor paper and use only transparent (as opposed to semi-transparent or opaque) watercolor paints. Transparent watercolors allow for the dreaminess and luminosity I like to capture in my paintings. I occasionally will experiment with other surfaces, such as watercolor ground applied to a wood panel or watercolor boards. Recently, I have taken to mounting my watercolor paintings to would panel, rather than the traditional glass-framed presentation. This allows for a canvas-like presentation.
I am a life-long learner and believe that you have to continually learn and be curious in order to grow as an artist and as a person. So, along the way, I have taken some wonderful courses from some of my favorite artists (Angela Fehr, Birgit O'Connor, Anna Mason) and I am a candidate for the Certificate in Studio Art from the Schissler Academy of Fine Art in Loveland, Colorado. It is at the Schissler Academy of Fine Art, that I discovered portraiture and life drawing in graphite. I never, in my wildest dreams, thought I would be able to capture the human figure and an individual's likeness. Graphite offers another medium for me to work in and is well suited to my love of life.
Being left-brained, I am naturally attentive to detail. I enjoy studying the details of my subjects and capturing the beautiful details, whether the sparkle in a subject's eyes, the oxidization of an old farm truck, or the beautiful water droplets on the wings of a dragonfly. These are the finer details I hope to capture in my paintings; simple pleasures in life that we often take for granted, thereby drawing the viewer of my art in so that they can enjoy them too.
Sheryl and husband, Michael.
Fox Glacier, New Zealand
Watercolor on wooden pallet.
Used QOR Water Color Ground to prep surface.
In the Community
I was taught early on in life to give back to the community. First as a Girl Scout and later as a successful business woman, I learned the importance of giving back to the community and the personal fulfillment that goes with it. Below are just few ways I share my gratitude for being able to pursue my passion of watercolor painting and give back to the community through my art.
Having been touched by Alzheimer's in a personal way, I have seen first hand the memory impairment and debilitation this disease has on once productive and lively members of our society. And so it is with great pleasure and in memory of my grandmother that in May of 2015 I painted my first piece for this wonderful organization.
The Alzheimer’s Association Memories in the Making® is a creative art expression program for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia ailments. Even after people with dementia have lost the ability to use words, they are often able to express thoughts and emotions and to share memories through painting with watercolors."
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