My View: Two Years of Wisconsin Landscapes
A collection of landscape paintings completed in the past two years.
The landscape is what I love to paint. Scenes that reflect a mood and place in time are what I’m drawn to, particularly the quiet, peaceful moments. Wisconsin offers a visual feast of landscape subjects and rarely is it difficult to find something to paint; the difficulty is choosing which one.
Many of my oil paintings are painted outside (plein air) during the warmer months. Covered in sunscreen and bug spray, I carry my painting setup in a backpack to go anywhere and paint. I’ve learned that nothing compares to seeing the subtleties of the subject and working in its environment. The sounds, smells and feel seem to be transmitted through the oil paint and brush onto the canvas. Plus, colors are richer and more complex in real life. On the days where it all works, it‘s an amazing feeling to capture it on canvas and preserve that segment of time.
I grew up in Kansas and Oklahoma and have lived in Wisconsin for many years. I attended Denver’s “Colorado Institute of Art and Design” with an emphasis on graphic design. But things change and I moved to Wisconsin, married, earned a BS and MBA in marketing, worked as a marketing manager at some great companies, started a family…and my art materials were put in the closet.
It’s tough to keep the desire to create “in the closet” and the siren call became a bull horn. Out came the art supplies and I took a few weekend art classes. It was at a plein air workshop with Dawn Whitelaw that I tried oil paints and they quickly became my favorite medium. I love the buttery feel of the paint, the depth of color, and ability to keep changing the painting as it progresses. I also discovered a love for painting outdoors.
Primarily self-taught, I attribute much of my success to the influence of the prominent artists with whom I have studied. They include Scott Christensen, Kathleen Dunphy, Dawn Whitelaw, Marc Hanson, Carol Marine, and Jeff Hargreaves. Their guidance has helped me develop as an artist with a vision to share the beauty of the landscape. My paintings are in collections throughout the United States and the permanent collection of The Trout Museum of Art, Appleton WI.
- Sherri Thomas
January 2 - April 3,2016
The Regional Artist Gallery is located on the third floor of the Fox Cities Building for the Arts. This gallery is open during all museum hours and is free and open to the public.
Tuesday - Saturday, 10am-4pm
Thursdays, until 8pm*
*Closed Mondays, major holidays, and Thursday evening special events.
The Trout Museum of Art
Fox Cities Building for the Arts
111 W. College Avenue
Appleton, WI 54911
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Admission varies by Exhibit.