Artist Sheryl Thornton

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The Artist Says:

"Light, texture and mood are my quest"


Sheryl Thornton is a Utah artist whose love of drawing was nurtured in middle school by her teacher David Chaplin and then again in high school by her beloved teacher Harold Petersen whom she considers to be the most important influence on her art, to this day. "Mr. Petersen, or "Pete" as we called him, taught me to trust my instincts and go the direction in my art that felt right to me. That lesson has been invaluable."
After receiving a Presidential Scholarship to the University of Utah, Sheryl graduated in 1974 with a BFA in drawing and painting. Following college, she painted exclusively in watercolor for many years and received many awards and recognition.
In 1997 Sheryl was commissioned by the State of Utah to paint four watercolor landscapes as part of the permanent collection in the Scott M. Matheson Courthouse in Salt Lake City.  Her work is also included in the permanent collections in the Utah State Capitol and Salt Lake Community College.
In 2005 Sheryl changed her focus to painting in oil paint. "My love of texture led me to oil paint and I have never looked back. I love the contrast of juicy washes (my watercolor influence), thick bold brush strokes and palette knife, all of which are usually present in my work."
Landscapes are her most common subject but she also enjoys painting still life and animals. Her approach is impressionistic and bold, with an emphasis on mood. "When I decide on a subject it is always because something compels me to paint it. I find a painting will lack conviction if I haven't been there or felt something about the subject. I try very hard to transfer that feeling to the painting which hopefully is conveyed to the viewer. Painting is my "life's blood" and I am so grateful for the deeper [...]

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