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Artist Statement

My artwork is a fusion of traditional media, experimental mixed media, digital images and photography, which has all become a narrative of my life’s journey expressed through my art making. I intentionally allow the viewer to see my creative process. My finished paintings and 3-dimensional work often have evidence of layers of transformation with exposed underpainting, drawing and collage. I use mostly earthy hues, and those of nature, with contrast created by the juxtaposition of texture and media.

My art is both abstract and representational. The two styles have supported each other like a dance where each takes a turn to lead. My academic training has offered me technical skill and the use of traditional subject matter as the figure, portrait and landscape. My abstraction has offered me freedom to abandon fear in the art making process, and it is the process in itself that is most important. In my acrylic or pastel landscapes, my brush strokes and mark making is evident with the hint of a burnt sienna underpainting. My abstract paintings flow with similar mark making, layer upon layer. Some of my artwork incorporates representational elements within abstract compositions.

Inspiration for my work could be an event in my life, a landscape that I have witnessed, or simply an object or medium that just needs to be incorporated into a work of art. I see the world through the eyes of a creative person, transforming life into a visual experience.

There have been two major influences in my artmaking; my early training as an academic and figurative artist, and my experience as a public high school art educator. My love of the figure and landscape has transcended into my mixed media work. The mixed media work is a result of teaching a variety of media, the excitement of learning new techniques to teach my students, and in turn incorporate into my own work. I am so grateful that I have had the opportunity to live, and continue my life creating.

Biography

Sheryl Levine retired from her position as an Art Educator at Brewster High School after 17 years in 2016. She continued her role as an art educator teaching both children and adults at the Katonah Art Center, Goldens Bridge, NY until 2018, where she also acted as their Gallery Director at the Anderson Chase Gallery from 2016-2017. Sheryl is the owner of Orchid Art & Jewelry Design, a jewelry design company that creates fine art and beaded jewelry, and works as a mixed media artist.

Sheryl Levine has actively exhibited her work in New York City: American Artists Professional League and Salmagundi Club, Westchester and Putnam County, New York: Paramount Center for the Arts, Gallerie JJENTH, Garrison Art Center, Putnam Arts Council, Brush, Chisel & Lens and Hudson Valley Art Association’s 64th and 65th Annual Exhibitions, and a two-person show at the Sullivan County Museum in Hurleyville, New York.

 

In Florida, Sheryl exhibited at the Kennedy Gallery in Key West, Masterpiece Gallery in Boca Raton, Women in the Visual Arts, Artists Showplace Cooperative Inc. and the Lake Worth Art League, Lake Worth, and is currently a member of the Arts Council of Martin County and the Martin Artisans Guild and participates in their Martin County Open Studio Tour.

She continues her expertise as an Art Educator as a member of the Education Committee of the Martin Arts Council, where she also is a Member of their Board.

 

Awards include: first place for sculpture at the Showplace Cooperative Inc. and at the New Rochelle Artists Association. Her work is also part of the permanent collection of the Fashion Institute of Technology.

 

In addition to studying at numerous art schools in New York City and abroad, Sheryl graduated with honors from the Fashion Institute of Technology and Hunter College. She received her Masters Degree in Art Education from Manhattanville College.

 

Sheryl Levine resides in both Ocean Breeze, Florida and Beacon, NY with her husband, Ed and their cat, Rachel.