The Art of Sherry Dole

I am a painter of Fantasy and I'm all about making the world a better place for every one of us on this fragile planet.
I create images of cats and butterflies, dogs and birds, alligators and raccoons as well as possums, turtles, bears, tigers , lions and any other critter you know -maybe even some you haven't yet met!

My original paintings are created in acrylics or watercolors and ink. They are sent to a printing company that photographs or scans them, then reproduces them in Giclee images on heavy archival paper or canvas.Intricate details and strong color saturation are hallmarks of my work and one painting may take several months to complete. All my life, I have been fascinated with Costume and Fashion history.Prior to becoming a professional Visual Artist, I spent years as a designer fashion buyer for large department stores. When I'd had enough of the corporate life I decided to combine my lifelong love of animals with fashion and theater, stir them all together and VOILA! You have The Art of Sherry Dole.
I always donate a percentage of my sales or my art to animal rescue or welfare groups.

Welcome Yall!

Thanks so very much for dropping by today! I really appreciate your spending a little time with me here in my world of Faery Tales and Whimsicality. Please fix yourself a cup of tea or a glass of sweet tea like we love here in the Deep Southern USA and just sit a spell. I have been looking forward to meeting you! If you are one of my precious friends already, I am so pleased to see you!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Wild Gardens

When we built my house on a wooded lot, only the trees that stood directly in the perimeter of the house were cut. After I cut out all of the privet bushes in front and back of the house, it only rained twice before I realized the top soil was washing away.
Prior to this, my gardener experience had been limited to filling my various apartment courtyards and balconies with lots of pots of all sorts of houseplants. These I moved from city to city as I changed jobs several times in my leap up the corporate ladder in the world of fashion.
So things were different now. The houseplants nestled cozily in places of honor on the deck doing absolutely nothing to stop all of my gorgeous topsoil from washing down the hill. I had to do something fast!
I went to the library & checked out everything they had on shade gardening. I bought liriope and mondo grass. Then I began creating paths through the trees. I met my neighbors when I knocked on their doors asking if they had any extra monkey grass. They were only too happy to let me dig it up. They found monkeygrass annoying-I loved it!
I added hollies, Hydrangeas, azaleas, camellias and pittosporum. I even have all kinds of antique roses blooming beneath the trees.
I didn't have a plan when I started the garden [I still don't] But I absolutely love it! The birds and the butterflies love it. I have a big, fluffy possum that loves the garden. I love her-especially since I found out possums are immune to snakebites and they consider snakes to be very tasty.
I don't use any pesticides or commercial fertilizers and everything is flourishing. We survived Katrina and the drought that came after, as well as the hottest summer I can remember this year. The roses are blooming one more time and we are hoping for some cool weather. Then it will be time to plant more shrubs and bulbs. We will be loving every minute!

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