The Art of Sherrie Spencer



                                               

About Sherrie Spencer

Sherrie Spencer has been producing many different works of art nearly her entire life. Transforming thoughts and images into tangible creations has been a passion for her since the beginning, and it was borne of necessity.

At the age of five, Sherrie suffered a major stroke. With the entire right side of her body disabled and her right arm completely paralyzed, her life had changed dramatically in an instant.

Since her speech was severely impaired, Sherrie began to draw in an effort to communicate her thoughts and needs to those around her. Her first artistic effort was a drawing of a horse (what little girl's life would be complete without one?).

Because her mother could not at first identify what she was trying to draw, Sherrie knew she had to sharpen her skills in an effort to perfect her craft. The level of detail and the lifelike imagery evident in her work is testimony to this goal having been accomplished.

With intensive therapy and the passage of time, Sherrie regained her mobility in part and her speech entirely. At that point, however, she had already developed an insatiable passion for art. She began drawing in earnest, and took advantage of inspiration whenever it presented itself.

This outward expression of inward feelings served as something of a coping device when Sherrie was an adolescent, attempting to cope with all that comes at that point in life.

Exposure to the world of art and artists themselves inspired Sherrie to embark on a career of her own. She discovered immediately that it suited her perfectly; her deep devotion to creating and her strong ambition have proven to be indispensable assets. Even now, doing what she loves for a living is proving to be more than its own reward.

In the time since finding her calling, Sherrie has displayed her works all over the country at Comic Book Conventions, SCA events, Renaissance festivals, brick and mortar Galleries, Fine Art Shows and world wide on the internet. Her art has been published several times in small press books over the years, including The Little House of Music (a children's book), 26 Tears, the Dawn 2006 Convention Sketchbook which features similar art, as well as her own self published art books Dreams and Desires vol. 1-4, and Fantastical Enchantments, her very first coloring book of fairy art.

Sherrie continues to work on her own graphic novel, to be completed sometime in the next year.She also has begun producing functional art products (some are featured here, on her website) in which she utilizies a laser machine to help her make wooden and leather hand made products.

Although Sherrie feels there's much more she's yet to learn, and that she has far to go, she is intent on enjoying the journey.

Curriculum Vitae

Born: November 19, 1974
Currently lives and works in Palm Bay, Florida
serrynawolfe@yahoo.com | www.sherriespencer.com

Exhibitions

2008-current
Just Around the Corner Art Gallery
Easton, PA


2013-2015
The Bead Company
Downtown Melbourne, FL


Awards

2016
Eastern Florida State College Student Art Show
Foosner Art Museum Award


2016
Eastern Florida State College Student Art Show
Student Art Award


Education

Fall 1998
Associates in Fine and Applied Arts
Brevard Community College


Fall 2016 (forthcoming)
Associates in Science Graphics Technology
Eastern Florida State College


Held Positions

2008 – 2012
Curator, Manager and Program Coordinator
Riverview Art Center; Phillipsburg, New Jersey


2008 – 2012
Treasurer and Landlord
Phillipsburg Riverview Organization; Phillipsburg, New Jersey


2008-2011
Co-owner of business
Avalon Enterprises; Easton, Pennsylvania


Collections

Private Collection, Los Angeles, California
Private Collection, Anza, California
Private Collection, New York, New York
Private Collection, Orlando, Florida
Private Collection, Miami, Florida
Private Collection, Thomasville, Georgia