Sherie Bishop Harkins’ (sherieharkins.com) fine art has been described as “an indulgence for the senses.” Harkins is paying attention to the means through which we acquire and interpret information. This concept is expressed through her experiences and masterfully depicted on her canvas. Harkins is intrigued with the contrast between how we perceive, and what can be revealed with insightful rendering.
Harkins early life was characterized by much relocation; full of love and turmoil, fresh opportunities and heartache. While art making was a consistent solace in the process of building new foundations, it has shaped a unique perspective from which to observe and share.
After earning her BFA in Painting from the Visual and Performing Arts College at UMass Dartmouth she extended her creative options as a Landscape Designer and as a freelance Graphic and Commission Portrait Artist before entering the world of Public Education. While teaching high school traditional and digital Art, Harkins earned an MAT in Creative Arts from Bridgewater State University.
Harkins resides in Providence, Rhode Island, a creative hub of arts resources and educational opportunities. She continues to teach as a fully virtual instructor, while expanding her studio practice. Her work is part of numerous collections and exhibitions across the country.
What others are saying about Sherie’s work:
- “Each drop of water or color variation is magnified, every shadow and subtle surface change takes on a new meaning when viewed in the outsized context.” – Paula Martiesian, BankRI Galleries Curator.
- “Collectors are often drawn to Harkins’ technique first, and then the emotional impact of what the painting evokes connects in a unique and powerful way.” – Andrew Hyder, curator of Hyder Gallery Center for Fine Art.
- “Harkins’ use of light is magical, and her translucent colors glow with an old world charm in a contemporary setting, appealing to both the traditionalist and the modernist.” – Nancy Maguire Heath, Collector, Director RI School for the Deaf
- “Sherie Harkins oil on canvas “Shift Eleven” portraying what looks to be two ice cubes reflecting on a black marble table, [was] surely chosen for its fine details that would stand out in many a show. Her “Tomato Light” painting capturing the fruit at its most transparent red is another fine portrait of our agricultural roots…”- Brian Goslow, Artscope Magazine, “A Feast for the Senses”, March/April 2016
- “ …a few take the conventional and make it pop, like Sherie Harkins’ captivating portrait of a young girl, tightly cropped with her eyes closed and a wistful, faraway look you just wouldn’t expect form a child. Add to that Harkins’ mastery, the sense of softness in her subject’s face, the way her disheveled hair glistens, and you have a winner.” – Channing Gray, The Providence Journal, “Providence Art Club Fall Exhibit Worth a Look”, September 10, 2017