Artist StatementMy Art, My Life Surfaces that shimmer with torn colored paper, Paint strokes or glass, Paintings, collages, shiny mosaics, New wholes made from bits. Rework myself, learn new ways of being, Break up assumptions, lose attitudes Find new strengths, new beauty, harmony. A constant healing garden of discovery.
A Brief Bio of Sheryl Southwick
Since Judy Dazzio introduced the color wheel in high school and all the attendant theory Sheryl has been a colorist. By earning a BFA at LSU she studied with professors who had been students of Josef Albers, namely Harvey Harris and Paul Dufour, who reinforced her knowledge, understanding and use of color in her work. During that time she also studied with abstract expressionist Milton Resnick at the Blossom Kent Summer Art Program. He encouraged her to tell her own story. At the Corcoran School of Art Leon Berkowicz furthered her color understanding by allowing only the use of pastels for his painting class.
Her year of living in Paris rekindled her connection to Pierre Bonnard whom she considers her greatest influence. She has also studied with Mary Vernon and Janine Nagy at Mississippi Art Colony and Laurel True at True Mosaic Studio in New Orleans.
Her current work is both tactile and reflective of color practice, creating harmonious titillating surfaces that evoke rivers and landscapes in rain or sunshine.
She is represented by Ann Connelly Fine Art in Baton Rouge, LA. Trappe, Maryland, is her home. Currently she assists at the Academy Art Museum in Easton, Maryland, by serving as picture framer, gallery attendant, exhibition assistant, and instructor. She has facilitated group murals and mosaics. As a teaching artist she loves to spread the joy of color and drawing.