Sherri Silverman

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Neighborhood: North Bay

My painting conveys my response to the essence of nature and consciousness. This shows up in how I draw flowers and mountains, and in how my brush moves, including in my predominantly abstract non-representational work. Energy, essence, emotion translate my inner experience, an approach to art-making with a long tradition throughout Asia. When it comes to recognizable imagery, flowers and plants seem to be my thing. I paint them a lot, and their ideograms are my favorite Chinese calligraphy exercises. India's aesthetics, like ancient China's, advocates capturing “the essence of the forms rather than direct copies of their natural shapes…observed, understood, well-savoured, and the response of the artist.” How very Taoist! And very Sherri!
My real artist statements are my art and life. More reveals itself to me daily in the studio as paintings in gouache, pastels, and mineral pigment; mixed media; collage; and photography--- whatever artforms emerge, frequently as a surprise.

After decades in Santa Fe, I'm delighted to be in Marin, painting next to redwood trees. I was a 2001 Artist in Residence at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art and awarded a 2018 Cambridge Oakland Artist Program Residency. My art is in the book 100 Artists of the Southwest; private, public, and corporate collections, including the New Mexico Capitol Art Collection; and so far three museum group shows.

I explore my inner images and the world around me in nature, books, and art. My inspiration comes from quiet interior states and over 45 years of meditation practice. My goal is to make art that expands and enlivens consciousness, nourishes, heals, and evokes happiness and wholeness by delving into the mystery of creating something from nothing.