Colorado artist Sherrie York credits her interest in nature to a college field trip in which she and her classmates were challenged to sketch strutting, squabbling chickens in a Nebraska backyard. “It was an exciting exercise; demanding and infuriating,” she laughs. “Feathers and pencils flew every which way… I loved it!”
Observation is the core of Sherrie’s work, whether she is making a watercolor sketch of tidbits collected on a neighborhood hike or carving a complex linocut block of pinecones and leaf litter.
“I am especially drawn to subjects that might be overlooked if I were moving too quickly through a landscape,” she explains. “Weedy tangles along a ditch or bones and feathers in a field suggest lives and stories outside my own, but connected to me in ways that aren’t always apparent.”
A self-taught relief printmaker, Sherrie enjoys employing the versatility and innate graphic qualities of linocut to celebrate the beauty of nature, and to invite conversations about environmental issues.
“Water in particular–its excess and its lack–shapes my western landscape and culture and draws me both physically and aesthetically,” she says. “We are all drawn to water: from puddles to oceans. As a printmaker I find that water challenges me to find a balance between realism and abstraction. As a citizen of the west it challenges me to find balanced and sustainable conservation of an essential and finite resource.”
Sherrie’s linocuts have been included in national and international exhibitions, and are represented in corporate and museum collections. She has been invited to and participated in projects of the international Artists for Nature Foundation in Holland and Spain, and has been Artist-in-Residence at Acadia National Park, National Audubon, and the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum.
Additionally, Sherrie has worked as a designer and illustrator for a wide variety of projects and clients, including Audubon, Trout Unlimited, Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna, and several state and federal natural resource agencies.
She is a popular instructor in field sketching and printmaking, especially as a member of the instructional staff at Audubon’s Hog Island Camp in Maine.
Sherrie and her work were featured on a segment of PPLD TV’s “Off the Wall” program.
In addition to her fine art pursuits, Sherrie works as a designer and illustrator for a variety of clients. Most of these projects reflect her interest in natural and cultural history education.
Do you have a project you’d like to discuss? Email Sherrie.