Della | Sherry Dooley

Painting is a way to tell a story without words. Sometimes the story  takes different paths, depending on the viewer. My goal, as the artist,  is to allow, you, the viewer to decide what you want the story to be,  regardless of my initial intent. So many times I’ve had people tell me  what the story is behind a certain piece. I find that fascinating, as it  opens up a new perspective and a new tale for me.

My work comes  from within. I very rarely paint what one sees in the world around them.  It’s more about what one feels and all the different moods that follow.  Using symbols, such as crows, spirals, linear lines, thick texture,  dunce hats and queen crowns, my work unfolds into a magical,  metaphorical female realm. My women are dealing with life, love, sorrow,  deep thought, joy and the challenges of learning lessons. One might  comment “but she’s just sitting there?” and my reply to that is, “Have  you looked into her eyes?”

I began painting in 1997 as a way of  therapy. Painting out my personal story, my personal pain, drama, and  sorrow. Through painting I found a new sense of freedom in  self-expression. It was an empowering time for me; I found my passion.  Learning by trial and error – I’ve come to a place of comfort with my  preferred choice of materials. It’s simple: Acrylic on wood. I use  mostly found wood, 100 year-old cabinet doors and antique canvases  because I believe in the energy of history. Through certain finishing  techniques, my work has a look and feel of something old, like a piece  of artwork one would find tucked away in ones’ grandmother’s attic.

I’m  inspired by Frida Kahlo first and foremost. Her work, her life, her  loss, her love and her spirit lifts the brush each day for me. I love  her! Gustav Klimt moves me as well, his soft elegant women feel like my  sisters.

I’m going to continue to paint until I die. I just am. I  enjoy it, I have fun with it and it keeps me going. I’m honored and  feel extremely blessed each time a painting sells and brings feeling to  the buyer. I really can’t ask for much more than that!

Learn more about the artist – Sherry Dooley

by Sherry Dooley
VillaDuCarl Art Collection | Portland, Oregon
Acryclic on canvas
6″ x 12″
Purchased 2007

Purchased at – Last Thursday on Alberta | Portland, Oregon
Contact the artist at Sherry Dooley


1 Comment

  1. Thank you for including my work on your site!

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