I'm working on it... I'm a ceramic artist with a painting problem. My new paintings are more closely aligned with my ceramic interest in animals. I feel like, for the most part, animals are a common ground for good feelings. Regardless of where someone comes from or what they do for a living, animals can bring out our goodness, our happiness, and our connection with each other. Bottom line, I'm lightening up and focusing on what makes me smile. I keep in mind two things when I'm working - the first is a quote by Miles Davis, he said, "sometimes you have to play a long time to be able to play like yourself" and the second is from a local artist who says art is 98% courage.
Shari’s artistic journey began at the University of Utah when she took her first ceramic class. Encouraged by friends and family, she continued her art education at Chapman University in Orange, California where she received her BFA in Studio Art. To combine her academic interest in social science with her passion for art, Shari completed her Ph.D. in Social Ecology/Environmental Analysis and Design at the University of California, Irvine in 2004. She studied the role of security measures in public space on perception of risk and fear of terrorist attack.
As with any worthwhile life journey, Shari’s path to art has been far from straight. With the exception of two years selling her ceramic sculptures at the Sawdust Festival in Laguna Beach, California and a brief stint as a docent for Orange County’s temporary collection of Mark di Suvero sculptures, art took a back seat and she taught social science courses at Penn State University. Shari subsequently transitioned to government service, where she had the opportunity to live overseas and spend the next ten years working for NATO and exploring Europe.
Today, Shari lives in Moab, Utah where she and her husband run a small Airbnb and she is finally able to pursue art sort of full-time.