Art in the Library
Sheri Jones and Doug Clark
March 24-30, 2011
Western Landscapes and Wildlife
Color, Light, Shapes
Southwestern Adventist University is pleased to exhibit the original artwork of Sheri Jones and Doug Clark. Sheri's paintings and Doug's sculptures capture western landscapes and wildlife. The exhibit includes the bright and colorful oil on canvas Daybreak Magic, quaint impressionist still life A Splash of Dutch, and very realistic bronzes Mallard Hen and Native Texan longhorn.
This exhibit contributes to the growing, vibrant fine arts program at Southwestern. Beyond supporting the art curriculum, exhibits such as this one contribute to the quality of life in our community and provide a setting where Southwestern can connect with art lovers.
About the Artists
Color, texture, and movement are the essential elements of my world and paintings. Through the creation of art, I attempt to share my essence, my being with others. Two decades of study--exploring many media and styles--have culminated in my present work. Each painting starts with a focal point to which I add layer upon layer of color, texture and motion. My work has a sense of immediacy and motion. I love working from life, but also use photographs as a point of inspiration. Each painting becomes the true representation of what I saw at the moment. Beginning with a toned canvas--preferably a nice warm under-painting--I quickly sketch in my drawing with a paint brush. Next, using a wide brush I block in the darks and create large shapes. Finally, using a palette knife to push and pull the paint around, I switch my brain to pure imagination. This is when happy accidents and discoveries happen. —Sheri Jones
Sheri has studied and painted for over 25 years, constantly learning from many diverse artists through workshops and classes. She considers herself an impressionist painter and strives to create an accurate but painterly look. She wants you to see her brush stroke or wave of her palette knife. Her goal is to push boundaries, growing through experimentation, variety and brush mileage.
She has learned to love the process of painting from life, both outdoors (en plein air) and within the studio. Plein air painting creates an excitement that results in a fun dance with the brush and the palette knife. On the other hand, creating still lifes in the studio gives control over color, shape, form and design. Regardless, the result is an explosion of energy. She looks at creating art as an exhilarating and challenging adventure. Sheri has participated in numerous art exhibits in North Central Texas and has received various awards in juried shows.
I prefer to begin with my own photographs or field sketches. My aim is to capture the essential qualities and personality of each animal I sculpt. While I can often be found sketching, painting, or sculpting at the Fort Worth Zoo, the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District and at annual events like the Texas Cutting Horse Futurity and the Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show, extensive travels across the western United States and Canada have greatly influenced my work as well. —Doug Clark
Doug Clark is a sculptor and painter, specializing in wildlife art. Doug has had a lifelong love of both art and wildlife. He has worked to further his art education by attending workshops and classes with masters of both sculpture and painting including Bruce Green, Martin Grelle, Tim Schinabarger, Sandy Scott, Garland Weeks, Cynthia Rigden, and Scott Myers. He is a member of the National Sculpture Society, The Outdoor Painters Society and the Texas Artists' Coalition. His sculptures may be seen in Fort Worth at the Gallery at the Frame-Up, in Dallas at David Dike Fine Art, in Highland Park at the Beretta Gallery, in Salado at Prellop Fine Art, in Fredericksburg at the Insight Gallery, in Estes Park, Colorado at Reily Fine Art, and in Santa Fe, New Mexico and Scottsdale Arizona at the John B. Strong Galleries. Doug's sculptures and paintings are in both public and private collections. His large-scale sculpture installation, a family of ducks, can be seen at Watters Creek in the City of Allen Texas.
He is an art teacher with the Fort Worth Independent School District where he has taught for over 20 years. In addition he teaches summer workshops at both public and private schools in sculpture, painting, and drawing. It is his great pleasure to encourage and develop the artistic talents of his students.