Description The Big Sur Coast of California is a dramatic meeting of mountains and sea, sometimes shrouded in mists and fog, sometimes sunny and clear. This is an image of the Big Sur Coast line looking south on a quiet morning.
Laurel Sherrie, Arroyo Grande, California Member Since December 2007 Artist Statement Laurel Sherrie enjoys an idyllic life. Her Arroyo Grande, California, home hugs the side of a canyon just six miles from the Pacific’s shore. Days are marked by walks on the beach, plein-air painting and drives through picturesque countryside. At night, the Milky Way soars above their slice of heaven on earth; unspoiled by city lights.
Laurel’s work has always been driven by the forces of nature. The Illinois native headed west after college, landed in San Francisco, and never looked back. “I love California’s varied terrain-ocean, cliffs, beaches, mountains. I see paintings everywhere. There’s so much I want to communicate, and I do it the best way I can-with paint.”
Sherrie has a lot to say. “Painting outdoors is my favorite ‘studio.’ I love to work Plein Air. I love to paint early-morning and late-afternoon light. The drama of shadows and golden cast on mountains or sea creates wonderful designs. It just takes hold of me. Outdoor work fosters intense involvement with the landscape.”
Sherrie is a member of San Luis Outdoor Painters for the Environment (SLOPE). “We paint sensitive environments and raise money to preserve the area.”
Her art reflects the tranquility and colors of the Central Coast, and her vineyard paintings are sought after in the wine world. Sherrie has been selected for the annual Central Coast Wine Classic, has been a featured artist in wineries in California and Washington State, and she is the label artist for Pomar Junction Winery in Templeton, California.