- ARTIST’S STATEMENT -
"Creative expression is peace, is love, is life to me. Through art and writing I’ve been able to embrace and explore the world around me and sometimes to escape it. Creativity is
my friend, my guide, and my therapist. If we all have a message for the world, then mine can be found in the visual and written works I’ve created. I hope that through my art I’ve already and will continue to bring a bit of wonder, beauty and enjoyment to this world, and perhaps that I might inspire another to share their own creative inner world with the rest of us.
A passion for aspen trees, and horses is apparent in my work."
Horses and Aspen Trees...
The love for aspen trees came suddenly while on vacation in the mountains of New Mexico. They’re white trees, they have black eyes – they’re seeing us and with their silvery leaves, speaking to us. When I traveled up into the higher elevations of Colorado where there was nothing else as far as the eye could see than these magnificent, straight, towering giants I was their captive. They have a hypnotic effect on me.
The horse “thing” started just after my parents divorced and I think about them daily. They represent power, strength, and freedom to me which were things I desperately needed and desired at that time. Horses are so incredibly beautiful and in my opinion they showcase the beauty of man (and woman) like no other animal in existence when ridden.
My interest in abstract painting flows from the need to have unbridled and free flowing, self expression. It allows me to let whatever needs to show up, come though. It amazes me when someone else views my abstract work and has their own unique take on things. I believe that abstracts leave a lot of room for thought without telling us what to think.
Sherri Mignonne has been an artist since her youth, attending art school, and collecting a very eclectic array of sculpture and paintings. Since she was 10, she has never been without an art project in the works. Her passion for photography moved to the forefront of her artistic expression for many years . She studied under Patricia Richards, a nationally known Texas photographer and with Joe McNally, a National Geographic photographer. She has done extensive work as a fine arts photographer and celebrity photographer for the American Film Institute. Her love for painting came back into focus again in 2002 when she was inspired to create paintings from her own photographic images. Her works are found in private and public collections and she has been published in numerous newspapers, magazines, and books. Currently, painting in her studio has taken precedence to her other artistic loves of song writing, screen play writing, sculpting, and novels.
Sherri Mignonne grew up in Dallas, Texas where she continues to reside today. From early on, Sherri knew she wanted to be an artist – having varied interests in painting, photography, music, and writing, she didn’t know where to start. Eventually, she would pursue all of the above with a passion, but the love of painting would emerge over and over again as her primary form of creative expression.
As a teenager she spent hours painting colorful expressionist style works that amazed her family and friends. Additionally, she enjoyed studying with her grandmother who painted beautiful landscapes and did other styles for commissioned pieces. She was also greatly influenced by her mother who was a gifted decorator and artist. Sherri continued her artistic studies at the University of Texas at Arlington, as well as by attending workshops and learning through self study.
Sherri spent many years continuing to grow as an artist even as she raised her 5 children. Eventually, it was time for her to focus on the art career she had been preparing for and she began to paint for galleries. Her oldest daughter, Ali Mignonne, decided to follow in the footsteps of her mother and grandmothers and is now also working as a professional artist. Ali found her own unique painting style which is very different from her predecessors.
Sherri does have a more colorful story of struggle,(which she is often hesitant to share) being an only child whose parents divorced when she was 10 and the fallout of the years that followed. She would often run away and stay in the woods causing quite the panic. Her love of nature drew her there where she hoped to restore some kind of normalcy to her world.
Eventually, life came together again and she was able to use those experiences to greatly enhance her creativity.
The majority of Sherri’s works are Aspen Trees, Horses, and Abstracts. Within each of these 3 categories are 2 different styles.
There are the metallic aspen trees and the very colorful, thick oil works. The metallic pieces are greatly enhanced by light and are said to have a three-dimensional effect. They’re known to change in appearance throughout the day as the light changes. The thick oil aspen trees are done with palette knife using a process where the paint is blended directly on the canvas. There are endless colors which seem to emerge using this process.
Her horse paintings are sometimes in the more traditional style – herds of running horses or perhaps a single horse running in a field with an old world feel in the distance. The other style of horse paintings are a more colorful, modernistic style of Arabian horses. The Arabians might appear to be running above the earth through color fields, as if progressing through time and space on their way to other worlds.
With her abstract works, she uses both oil and acrylic paint. One style utilizes very thick oils which she uses to build multiple layers. The under layers are used to give a “tooth” which when dry, she can scrape across. The process results in a richly textured and deeply contemplative work of art. There are often hidden objects to be found in these pieces, like perhaps a Mayan mask. Her other style of abstract work is done on board and starts with layers of acrylic paint and is then finished off with oils. These works are more contemporary and thematic in appearance.
Additionally, Sherri has a large body of photographic works in her portfolio. She pursued photographic studies with Patricia Richards, a nationally known Texas photographer and with Joe McNally, a National Geographic photographer, and has taken other workshops to hone her skills. She has worked as a fine art photographer, a performance horse photographer – working in both eastern and western horsemanship, and as a celebrity photographer for the American Film Institute. With AFI she met and photographed dozens of celebrities and musicians including Charlize Theron, Muddy Waters, Jewel, Robin Wright Penn, and many more. Her photography has been published in numerous newspapers, magazines, and books. Her fine art photography works are produced and sold on paper, canvas, aluminum, in collage work, and under plexiglass.
Sherri’s paintings, giclees and photographic works can be found in galleries and art shows across the Southwest. Additionally, her paintings and photographic works are in both private and public collections, and can be found in the homes of celebrities.