I have two goals with my current work. The first goal has probably been the hardest for me to achieve and something I continue to work on: To paint what I want to paint, and not what I think you want. I think you want landscapes (you are in Moab after all). I think you want realism and I think you want a painting that looks like a photograph. I don’t want to paint any of those things. I want simple playful abstract subjects with little background noise. So there, take that! (This is MY internal battle, I know I can’t speak for everyone!)
My second goal has been to paint images with something to say. I don’t want a pretty face that fades over time. I want there to be something to think about. I want there to be a story. A story that can change over time.
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.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Shari's artistic journey began at the University of Utah in the 1990’s when she took a ceramics 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. In an effort to combine her passion for art with her academic interest in social science, Shari completed her Ph.D. in Social Ecology 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 – it’s a long story!
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 and subsequently transitioned to government service, where she had the opportunity to live overseas and spend 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.