This is me

Abstract Artist 

I am an abstract painter using gestural movement, intuitive marks, and layers of paint to create texture, conveying energy and emotion. Works on canvas and paper feature mixed media added in, expressed within hunks of paint, drips, swipes, scratching, and smudging methods, building upon each layer to create abstractions of nature. 

My work draws from both my Southern roots of Louisiana to my Northwest upbringing in the mountains. Our backyard was the boundary to Yellowstone National Park and elements from the dramatic landscape show up within my work through color and form, alluding to elements within that backdrop. 

I have created art since I was a young girl. My strongest memories of creating, beyond coloring, started at the age of 10. I was obsessed with rocks, their texture and color captivated me. I’m a Graphic Designer by trade and after starting my family, I left the industry. I continued doing freelance work for 20+ years. I enjoy any creative outlet and began creating collage work on upcycled wood and selling my pieces in a local boutique. Eventually, I became sick and could no longer create the intricate details required. Prior to setting it aside, I heard whispers calling me back to creating like I did as a 10 year old. I felt the urge to go bigger and stretch my arms out in gestural movements, using my entire body. However, I set all art aside to focus on my health. I was diagnosed with Lupus in 2017 after 4 years of searching for an answer. I spent two years trying to stabilize my Lupus and one night had a vivid dream of a painting I created on canvas. When I awoke, I went to my art table and mixed colors to create a small rendering in my sketchbook, capturing every detail of this powerful dream. I bought materials needed from the art store that week. Listening to the whispers and creating art on canvas pulled me from the trenches of fighting Lupus. I felt like a bird being freed from a cage and continue listening, following intuitive prompts with each painting. 

Softer Footprint: I am taking a vow to maintain an eco-conscious integrity as I build my line of products. I am using as many recycled or recyclable materials as possible, including packaging. Products are from sustainable, eco-conscious companies.

Want More? You can learn more about my story in the 'Journal' section where I blog some of my latest shenanigans. This is where you can read more about my Lupus diagnosis, Journal post 'So Here It Is'. I have also started a Podcast called An Artful Escape. Each episode is around 10 min...short and sweet. Just talking art and memories of Yellowstone. 

Thanks for dropping in. I’m so grateful you're here. 
If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out at sheribiritz@gmail.com

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