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!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

ArtDolls- New Creations! Santa Claus


For years I created ArtDolls-costumed sculptures. They were in Shows & Exhibitions from New York to San Francisco and New Orleans. They sold really well & were lots of fun to create, but they were also really labor intensive.
To create them, I sculpt the head, hands & feet in polyresin clays. Then I paint them in multiple layers of acrylic paints. Next I form a wire armature for the body and attach it to a wooden base with a dowel. I sew a shell for the body, then stuff it with lots of polyfill to make the body very solid. Then comes the fun! I have a massive collection of antique, vintage & contemporary fabrics and trims. I search through boxes & bags for just the perfect combinations. The finished sculpture is more like an assemblage.
When my paintings started selling well, I cut back on the ArtDolls. The paintings were so much easier to ship & took so much less time to complete. Now that my work has gone into print and the sales are going well, I've started working on the ArtDolls again.
These Santas are the first to be completed. I've already sold Two!