All art is a kind of exploring. To discover and reveal is the way every artist sets about his business. ~Robert Flaherty
Today I continue my interview of artist Sandra Sherrod, an artist who splits her time between Steamboat Springs, Colorado and Houston, Texas.
Sue: Sandra, what medium of art would you like to try, but haven’t tapped into it?
Sandra: Sculpture. I may try to do that when I am in Houston at a place called Glassell. http://www.mfah.org/visit/glassell-school/. When I am in Houston I take all kinds of art courses. I am always learning.
In Houston, my art sales are stronger, particularly among women, because my pieces have a feminine side to it. In Steamboat, it seems the more masculine art sells a little better.
Sue: Interesting. Do you stick with one project and finish it or do you jump from project to project?
Sandra: My rule of thumb is to make 15 – 20 pieces and explore an idea. When I get bored with it, I jump to something else. History has shown that both kinds of artists, those that work in only one medium and multi-dimensional artists can be successful. No matter what, you have to tweak your ideas every so often and not overwork it.
Sue: What do you like to create the most?
Sandra: Writing is my favorite. As you know writing a book can take years whereas with other forms of art you can complete and get it out quicker to be seen by others. The satisfaction comes more immediately.
Sue: What are you writing now, anything?
Sandra: I’ve been writing about 1,000 words a day. I just completed a series of eight books in the fantasy genre. They’re intergalactic stories. I am looking for a publisher so I can be involved in other creative projects. The series is geared to age nine to twelve. I am also writing magical realism – earth stories with magical things happening. These are for young adult to adult.
Sue: Seems like I’ve heard you read some of them at the Steamboat Writers Group.http://steamboatwriters.com/.
Sandra: Yes, I have read some of them to the group.
Sue: I look forward to seeing them published.
For a long time I’ve wanted to sit down and talk with Sandra about her life as an artist. Since she was “manning the gallery” the day I visited with her, I had the added bonus of learning more about all the other artists The Artists Gallery of Steamboat represents.
Thank you, Sandra. You’d also make a wonderful art educator because you are so knowledgeable and your heart and soul is really in it!
Sandra’s jewelry was featured at The Artist Gallery in Steamboat throughout August, but it will continue to be displayed – stop in and see it. You can also communicate with her about ordering through her website. www.SandraSherrod.com.
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