attended Southeastern Mass. University, earning a fine arts degree with an
emphasis on illustration. She worked as advertising illustrator for 1 year
in Massachusetts and another 10 years in L.A.
She has turned her focus to
painting her surroundings. Sherri combines her affinity for figurative work
with an appreciation for the beauty in nature: “I seek to convey something
of the scene that first caused me to stop and take it in; often being that
connection, the relationship between people and their surroundings.
continually humbled by the mastery of color, form, and design so evident
before me. It is all an indication of the complexity of the One who thought
it up and then brought it to fruition. “
Though much of my work focuses on people, I can’t ignore the influence a
varied California landscape has had in my paintings. Most of the vineyard
paintings are intentionally not specific vineyards. They are influenced by
visits to wineries throughout northern California. When not painting on
location, I work out of a rented studio at the Bothwell Center. The Bothwell
has been dubbed an “incubator” for the arts. It is an affiliate of the
Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center, (LVPAC) and the Bankhead theatre.
The space is conducive to creativity. Often heard in the background are
sounds of violin students playing, accompanied by instructors on violin or
piano. Next to the studio area is a small theatre where musicians sometimes
play and performers rehearse for upcoming plays and light opera.
Sherri has received numerous awards including, “Best in Oil Category”,
Livermore / 07
Alameda County Fair, Plein Air Competition, 2nd place
Pleasanton Civic Arts Commission, Award for Artistic Excellence:
“Three Workers depicts, in charming style, the viticultural heritage that is
such an important part of our Valley. Three Workers represents fine artistic
vision, skill and an accomplished painterly technique. The work also
represents an artist’s connection and love for the environment and
City of Pleasanton
10% of my profits will be donated to aid a village in Paarl, South Africa
through Monte Christo Ministries and Hands across the Waters. A portion of
my work will occasionally be donated to www.goodforart.etsy.com , a site
developed to help fund the sold project. This project deals with the issue
of modern day slavery and the exploitation of children. For more info. on
their work and the current film project go to WWW.THESOLDPROJECT.COM or
visit my site at www.sherrikelcourse.com and follow the “sold” link at the
bottom of my home page.