Sheryl White, Painting
Location: Home Studio - 29 Mendum Street
Traditional landscape was my subject matter for a number of years—oil paintings often depicting the world around the coast’s beaches and estuaries or the woods of New England. More recent work shifted from fragmented landscapes to abstracts relying on recurring motifs as shorthand to an implicit text. Paintings emerged in a prescribed way—a square in a rectangle in a rectangle. This structure allowed subsequent freedom. Explicit words in a title allow a viewer into a painting. Color, tone, shape, and line juxtapose a personal narrative against the fixed spatial unit of a self-induced structure.