Current featured artists
I think there has been some “Artist Blood” running through me since childhood but there was not an avenue for expressing it fully until much later in my life.
I saw the patterns and beauty in the natural world everywhere in the rural life I lived as a child. At age five or six my mother took me to the museum in Columbus, Ohio and the wealth of images, colors, costumes and cultures were magic to me.
We purchased a small box with various rocks and gems glued to the bottom and my love of everything related to rocks was born! I watched the ground from that point when walking in the woods or along country roads. In college I took painting, weaving, and pottery classes. I loved each of them but my confidence in “presenting myself,” as we do as artists, just wasn’t ready at that time.
Eventually, in my 30’s, I became interested in beads an creating beaded jewelry. I think it was a safer way to work with color, design and beauty than drawing or painting and I continued to create some jewelry.
Somewhere in my 50’s I started to do some drawing and painting. I have focused recently on dreams from a journal kept since college; I paint images from life experiences as well. Something that has been in my life and that of my family is support for things unseen, including premonitions and mystical and psychic experiences. This is evident in some of my paintings.
Artist Sherri Collister McDowell paints the beautiful places in her home state of Oregon. Presently she lives in Oakridge, where she and her border collie walk beside the rivers, gathering memories and inspiration for her brightly colored landscape paintings. This is a good life. She is happy!
A Brilliant Spring (collection)
Wesfir, Oregon June 2011
Just the right amount of rain, sunshine and cool fresh air – it was perfect! Sometimes the sun and the rainclouds traded places within minutes. Then the sun shone through the clouds and everything sparkled like gems. Artist Sherri McDowell and her Australian Shepherd dog walked miles during the June perfect spring. It would take eleven years to bring this vision to fruition, but playing with the brilliant gouache colors to create the collection A Brilliant Spring, all the bright, happy memories came flooding back.