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 Sherrie McGraw  (1954 - )

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Lived/Active: New Mexico/New York/Kansas      Known for: still life, figure, and portrait painting

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Born in Wichita, Kansas and raised in Ponca City, Oklahoma, she attended Chickasha, a liberal arts college, and then Central State University in Edmond, Oklahoma where she studied art. She took three years of private lessons from Richard Goetz, well known Oklahoma figure and still life painter, and he and his wife Edith, former New Yorkers, encouraged her to go to the Art Students League in New York. She took their advice and remained in the city for 15 years. She attended the Art Students League for two and a half years and there was a student of David Leffel with whom she developed a strong personal relationship. For her the time in New York was highly productive. She returned to the League to teach drawing and figure painting, found gallery representation, and matured in her own style.

But she tired of the hassles of the city and moved in 1992 to Taos, New Mexico, where her studio, formerly that of John Young-Hunter, has stunning views of the foothills and Sangre de Cristo Mountains. She has also taught in Taos at the Fechin Institute. She is known for her precise still lifes, and her style, like Leffel's, is strong light on a single object with dark backgrounds.

Biography from Morris & Whiteside Galleries:
Born in Kansas and raised in Oklahoma, Sherrie McGraw was first exposed to impressionist landscape painting while still living at home. At the age of 23, McGraw moved to New York to study at the Art Students League.  It was there that she studied under the noted painter David Leffel.

Working as a night guard at the Metropolitan Museum of Art afforded McGraw the opportunity to study the paintings and drawings of the world's most famous artists.  In 1980 McGraw left the museum and began to paint full time; eventually began teaching classes the League as well.

McGraw has received awards from the Samagundo Art Club, American Artists Professional League, Hudson Valley Art Association, and the National Arts Club. She has been featured in Southwest Art, American Artsists, Art of the West, and Art Talk. She has also written a book, "The Language of Drawing:From an Artist's Viewpoint."

In 1992, McGraw moved to New Mexico, where she continues to live and work today.

Biography from Trailside Galleries:
Born in Wichita, Kansas, Sherrie McGraw received her formal training at the Art Students League in New York City. Greatly influenced by the artists Hovsep Pushman and Velasquez, Sherrie paints from a chiaroscuro viewpoint, using strongly contrasting effects of light and shadow. Her range of subjects includes portraits, still-lifes, nudes, interiors and landscapes.

Throughout her career, Sherrie has received numerous awards and accolades for her elegant and classical paintings. She is highly sought after as an instructor and has taught at the Art Students League as well as the Fechin Institute in Taos, New Mexico. She is presently working on an instructional drawing book, which is scheduled to publish in 2004.

Biography from Wendt Gallery:
Sherrie McGraw was born in Wichita, Kansas and grew up in Ponca City, Oklahoma. She studied both in college and privately for five years until her passion to learn more took her far from the Southwest. At the world-famous Art Students League of New York, her early interest in becoming an artist came to fruition with instructor David A. Leffel.

In the tradition of Rembrandt, McGraw's interest in the chiaroscuro way of seeing is evident in her work. Light is seen brilliantly illuminated against rich backgrounds, the subject painted with lush brush strokes and rich color.

Hovsep Pushman and Walter Murch have also heavily influenced McGraw. "I am sympathetic to Titian who thought at age 60 that he was just beginning to learn to paint. It takes time to develop technically and artistically before what is possible can even be understood."

Following is a quote from a recent article on McGraw in "Art Talk": "The art world's ageless argument about whether an artist is born or created continues to rage...I personally have come to the conclusion that at least in her case an artist is most definitely born."

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