Size: 12"W x 12"H x 0.1"D
Year Created: 2018
My paintings are like a Haiku poem that captures a moment in time and conveys the emotional intensity of the moment. I look at the natural world around us; the mundane and the fantastic, and show you how both convey beauty that many times we are in too much of a hurry to observe.
We miss that awe around us every day.
My alcohol ink paintings start out with dripped ink on a nonporous surface.
Moon Reflection is about the feel of the moon and water amidst the beautiful Aspens in Colorado. It is a one of a kind, signed and numbered print with a certificate of authenticity.
My name is sherrysalant . I am a Vango artist. Thank you for visiting my portfolio. I grew up in Chesterfield, Missouri. My grandfather was a sculpture artist and my father was an avid art collector. While other kids were spending the weekends playing tether ball and Four- Square, I was either on a road trip to New York City galleries, or at the Saint Louis Art Museum where my mother was a docent. This is where I learned to appreciate tone, light, color, texture, and style. One of my most monumental times was when my sister and I spent the weekend with Thomas Hart Benton and his wife in their Kansas City home in 1968. He passed away a few years later and now his home is a historical museum. I learned to appreciate more avant garde and surreal art in works by Salvador Dali, Alexander Calder, and color with August Renoir. My love for black and white photography and landscapes come from my favorite photographer, Ansel Adams. To this day, sepia and black and white photography are my favorites. Over the years I dappled in drawing but found my true calling in photography and alcohol ink. It all started with that Kodak Brownie camera, then a Polaroid instant picture camera, Pentax K1000 workhorse, and has led to my precious Canon D50 digital SLR. Most of my learning came in a darkroom at the University of Missouri Journalism School of Photojournalism. This is where I learned how important it is that a picture tell a story or convey an emotion, the same way that my poetry does. My alcohol ink paintings are organic in nature and a brush is just for blending colors with rubbing alcohol. The paint flows naturally over a nonporous surface as I pick up the hardboard and angle and dip it in different directions. It is only after I see how the ink flows that I determine what to paint, where. My acrylic abstracts are pure wonder and awe by me. I love the organic nature of pouring the paint around to form shapes and textures that are unique to the world around us. When I got married, my husband built a darkroom in our basement where I spent endless hours learning techniques of dodging and burning. Now my Dectol, D76, and fixer have turned into Adobe Photoshop. My final pieces are all digital. One Man Show at the Renaud Center O'fallon Missouri July 25- October 17, 2014 Seven photographs and organic art in the Stan Musial wing of Des Peres Hospital May-November 2014 juried into by The Foundry in St. Charles One Man Show of eight large pieces of alcohol ink in the lobby of the Regions Bank Building, Clayton, MO Feb. 2015-March 2015 “The Storm” second place "Red Aspens honorable mention in the Color My World juried show Oak Leaf Artist Guild March 2015-May 2015 "The Storm" second place in the Color My World juried show Oak Leaf Artist Guild March 2015-May 2015 "Wild" first place in the floral juried show at St. Peters Cultural Art Center May-June 2015 "Carny's Dilemma" juried in Circus show at The Foundry in St. Charles June-July 2015 first and second place in Oak Leaf Artists Guild show Vibrance September-October 2015 Two upcoming one man shows-Missouri Athletic Club and Third Degree Glass Owner of Fine Art of Missouri Art Gallery, Chesterfield, Missouri sherrysalantand fineartofmissouri.com