ARTIST COMES FULL CIRCLE
After a career in real estate as a Property Manager, Sheryl Miller took up painting. At the time, she had no formal training or tutor to assist her; everything she initially learnt was from books. These days Sheryl is a successful award winning artist who regularly exhibits, runs workshops and participates in the River of Art Open Studios.
Her art career began 35 years ago when she began Porcelain Art with Marj Roche in Merimbula. From there she progressed to teaching this art technique from her home.
In 2000 Sheryl travelled to Bodalla where well known artist Sandra Hendy refined her watercolour techniques. Sheryl said of her tutor, “Sandra made me feel that I could paint anything, such was her natural ability as a great teacher.”
Having been with Creative Arts Batemans Bay Inc (CABBI) for 26 years, Sheryl is one of the longest serving members of this local art group which boasts approximately 120 members. She now tutors the “All Weather Artists” every week, taking a group of 12 artists to a different beach location each time. After a brief demonstration to the group, Sheryl then spends one on one time with each artist, assisting them in the finer points of plein air painting.
On tutoring other people, Sheryl said, “I believe that at this stage in my art career, it is time to share that knowledge with new emerging artists. It’s about giving back.”
These days Sheryl works mainly in inks and acrylics. Her trademark large canvases depict reflected trees and landscapes. Her jewel like palette is achieved by using touches of gold on top of the iridescent inks.
Currently Sheryl is preparing for the upcoming 32nd Annual Art and Craft Exhibition. Of the art show, she said, “The exhibitions are now highly organised, very polished and the work quite professional. We are so fortunate to have a number of new members who have just joined whose work is of a very high calibre.”
The exhibition held at the Batemans Bay High School officially opens on Friday 30 December at 6pm. Members of the public are invited to meet the artists for drinks and nibbles. The exhibition will then remain open daily from 10am to 4pm until 15 January 2017. Media Release Below: Koala Cuddles
Below: Sheryl Miller with her painting “Valley Glimpse”
Below: White Waratahs