Sheryl Southwick

Since Judy Dazzio introduced the color wheel in high school and all the attendant theory Sheryl has been a colorist. By earning a BFA at LSU, she studied with professors who had been students of Josef Albers, namely Harvey Harris and Paul Dufour, who reinforced her knowledge, understanding and use of color in her work. During that time she also studied with abstract expressionist Milton Resnick at the Blossom Kent Summer Art Program. He encouraged her to tell her own story. At the Corcoran School of Art Leon Berkowicz furthered her color understanding by allowing only the use of pastels for his painting class.

Her year of living in Paris rekindled her connection to Pierre Bonnard whom she considers her greatest influence. She has also studied with Mary Vernon, Janine Nagy, and David Hornung at Mississippi Art Colony and Laurel True at True Mosaic Studio in New Orleans. Her current work is both tactile and reflective of color practice, creating harmonious titillating surfaces that evoke rivers and landscapes in rain or sunshine.

Currently Sheryl serves at the Academy Art Museum in Easton, Maryland, as art instructor, picture framer, and lighting technician. She has facilitated group murals and mosaics. As a teaching artist she loves to spread the joy of color.