Beyond creating what I’m inspired to create, at this point, I don’t have an agenda, goal, or purpose besides maybe finding one. For the time being, smiling, eye-rolling and figuring are all worthy outcomes. I’m sticking with simple shapes, uncomplicated subjects, and a limited palette. I am drawn to the lessons taught in fairy tales and how I can manipulate those mental images with a contemporary lens. I also love animals, and I sure do have fun anthropomorphizing.
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. Combining 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 with 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.