What does mixed media mean to you?
Mixed media is freeing. It gives me permission to get messy, be fearless, to color outside the lines and think outside of the box. I can be spontaneous and choose what inspires me at the moment.
How long have you been a mixed media artist?
I have always been creative. My friends and family often comment “what are you making now?”I studied graphic design in college, but the hands on art classes were my favorite part. When I could get into paints, glues, clay, and unconventional materials I was happiest. Only about 7 years ago I came to the realization, and could call myself, a mixed media artist.
How has art impacted or enhanced your life?
Art has helped me to explore and find out who I am. It is very calming, almost meditative. It has helped me through different periods of my life’s journey. I have met wonderful people and created great friendships along the way. Art has allowed me to share a bit of myself to the world. I hope that when someone views a piece I have done it will somehow make them think, move them, heal them, bring them joy.
What are a few of the mixed media supplies you find yourself turning to the most?
Right now I am drawn to acrylics,molding pastes,tissue paper, foil, inks and stains. I get excited when a new product comes along for me to play with so that could change next week. I don’t like to be rigid in my choice of materials.
Who are some of your favorite mixed media artists?
Tell us about your creative process.
Usually something I see or experience will strike inspiration in me. I start out with a vague idea but let the piece control where it wants to go. Music is always on in the studio. There are no rules in mixed media so I give myself time to explore and experiment. Sometimes “happy accidents” make the best art.
What makes your mixed-media art unique?
I use some sort of recycled, reuse, or re-purposed materials in all my work. My work is organic but yet somewhat structured.
|Shari has loved creating for as long as she can remember. She started out in the field of graphic design, but quickly realized she was suited to a more hands on eclectic approach in her art. She is known for using reuse, recycled, and re-purposed materials in her pieces. She volunteers for SCRAP Denton where she is on the education committee, teaches workshops, and performs art demos. Shari is passionate about mixed media art and enjoys sharing her passion & creativity with others. She currently lives in Denton Texas. Her recent work has shown at 3arthwurks and the 30 for 30 art show. She also contributes as an article writer for mixedmediaart.net.|