Thursday, September 22, 2016

Artist Profile: Sherry Kleinman

Sherry Davis Kleinman
Pacific Palisades, California

1. How do you describe yourself? Fiber Artist

2. What is your creative process? My primary inspirations are from my photographs (family, strangers, birds, animals) and from working in art classes with artist models.  I paint, draw, and stitch; using pencils, crayons, and paints.  Other times I work digitally using apps on my iPhone and iPad.  My recent work is heavily embellished with hand stitching in addition to machine stitches.

3. Describe your studio space.  My studio is formerly one of my daughter’s bedrooms that holds my sewing machine, computer, books, and fabrics. 
4. What's your signature style? How long did it take you to find your style when you first started making art quilts?  Someone mentioned recently that I have several “signature” styles; they include painting, piecing, and digital compositions.   I like that my styles keep evolving and changing since I began creating art quilts in 2005.  Once I discovered that I could combine my love of fine art (painting and drawing) with textiles I began with figurative portraits.  Capturing the figure still dominates my work, but I have expanded from drawing and painting to digital interpretations that incorporate apps on my iPad with photos I have taken.  I have a passion for doing portraits as I find I can tell stories through line, color, and setting.  Recently I have included birds as my subjects, as I find them as interesting as people are.
5. Are there artistic endeavors you are yet to do?  Yes, I hope I never stop trying something new…and who knows what that might be??
6. Do you keep a sketchbook and/or journal?  I do use sketch books as a warm up while doing figurative work; then I draw and paint directly onto artist canvas working with live artist models.  I do not journal.  If I am working with fabrics, I audition shapes and sizes with torn or cut paper.  I keep a collection of my favorite photographs printed onto copy paper for inspiration. 
7. Being published is important to artists, so do you have any instructional dvd's, author of books, YouTube channel, have a website with other artists for collaborative projects?  No
8. Do you teach?  No
9. Having your work in juried, invitationals, and solo shows is a great way to get your name out there. Where can people see your work?   World of Beauty, Quilt Festival, Houston, TX, November ; Freeze Frame, Six Figurative Artists, Visions Art Museum, San Diego, CA January 21, 2017-April 2, 2017
10. How many years have you had your work in d@8 exhibits, or is this your first time?  This year will be my 6th year.
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