The visual and performing arts have held the most mesmerizing memories of my lifetime.

Traveling with my daughter, a two-time national champion ballerina, I have been fortunate to see artists of many kinds display their works of art. From original choreography and designer costuming to fine sculptures and timeless paintings, the workmanship of all the artists is truly incredible.

I often paint with an impressionistic palette and use heavy textures and dramatic colors. I love the depth and uniqueness the texture gives. My presentations range from abstract to realism, but my favorite creations are mixed media on hard boards to include crackle paste and bark paper. I prefer palette knife and hand painting techniques to create “one-of-a-kind” artworks.

I feel each piece should become a conversation piece for its owner and allow the owner to interject their own personalities into the life of the art work.

What means the most to me about creating art is that it speaks to someone. I often paint in vivid colors that make people feel good about the subject matter.

One painting I did was of a woman in black, greys, and whites struggling to come out of the water with a suspended window in the background. Viewers, mainly women, would cry in front of the painting and relate it to physical abuse and that the woman was getting away. While there was only blurred color in the window, many women saw a mean figure that the woman was escaping from.

I learned more about the meaning of art from my viewers than from any art class. From that point on I have been more conscience about putting meaning into my work.

My shows include “Pieces of America” exhibit in the Tim Murphy Art Gallery in Merriam, Kansas, a display at Maple Uncommon Hotel and Gallery in Columbus, Kansas; 2017 and 2018 Joplin Arts Festival, exhibit at Big Spring Gallery in Neosho, MO, the annual showing at Art on the Creeks in Rogers, Arkansas, 2018 Garden Party Art show in Bella Vista, 2018 Duets N Blooms show in Bella Vista (1 st Place award), 2019 Art on the Bricks in Rogers, Arkansas, and 2018 and 2022 Art on the Border in Fort Smith.

Local memberships include the Joplin Regional Artists Coalition and the ANA – Artists of Northwest Arkansas.

Giclees/prints are available on several of my art creations.

Commission work requests can be discussed with me directly at sharishortart@gmail.com.

My quest is to entice the viewer – to imagine a place and time that speaks to the heart and mind. Art has its own intrigue and mystery to be unraveled; and how meaningful it is when we discover it.

©2019. All artwork is the property of Shari Short. Reproduction is strictly prohibited.