My personal forms of expression convey my response to the essence of nature and consciousness through my paintings. There is a long tradition in Asia of this approach to art-making, both in India and China. This shows up in how I draw flowers, mountains, and other natural forms and in how my brush moves, including in my non-representational work. Energy, essence, emotion translate my inner experience.
When it comes to recognizable imagery, flowers and plants seem to be my thing. I'm painting them a lot, and their ideograms are my favorite Chinese calligraphy exercises. I love that in his book Hindu Iconography, sculptor/architect Ganapati Sthapati advocates not copying directly but capturing “their intangible qualities and significance…the essence of the forms rather than direct copies of their natural shapes…observed, understood, well-savoured, and the response of the artist.” How very Taoist! And very Sherri!
My real artist statement is the artwork itself and my own life. More reveals itself to me daily in the studio as paintings in gouache, pastels, and mineral pigment; mixed media art; collage; photography, and whatever other artforms emerge, frequently as a surprise.
Art is a doorway, the freshness of the fountain within.
Subtle levels of the mechanics of creation and various forms of symbolism spontaneously dance across these pieces of paper. My art is an exploration of my inner images and the images I see in the world around me in nature, books, and art. My inspiration comes from quiet interior states, meditation experiences, and contemplative creative time. My artistic goals include creating work that expands and enlivens consciousness, that nourishes the soul, that heals and evokes happiness and wholeness in the world. I want to make a lasting contribution by delving into the mystery of creating something from nothing.
Art is intuitive
a flow of creativity and
a flow of consciousness
movement within silence
following of one’s own Self for the healing of all
enlightening oneself and the viewers of the art