Mark Sherpeard

I have always loved to draw. I have a wonderful high school art teacher to thank for that development, Martha Lalka. She encouraged me onto Virginia Commonwealth University receiving a BFA. Though my concentration was in metalworks, I continued to draw. Three careers later I still love to draw. In the past three years I have been fortunate to spend a lot of time with the talented teachers and students at the Studio School. I had painted much as I draw with plenty of white showing, since I have learned to layer transparents and opaques and train my eyes to see abstract shapes in everything. Yet my imagery remains figurative, illustrative, or inspired by the beautiful local landscapes or from my numerous travels. I feel fortunate to have tapped this “talent.” Everyday, at every corner, with every thought, I think about the interpretation of a story from three deminsions to two. With another love, creative writing, I keep an active list of characters and scenes playing in my head; it is full to bursting most days.

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