Blog: Artist Focus | Studio Interview | Sheryl Roberts
Contemporary Landscape Painter
"The Turner of the North"
Dividing her time between her studios in Leeds and Weardale, Sheryl creates striking contemporary landscape paintings inspired by the windswept natural landscape around her in the north pennines. Dubbed "The Turner of the North" Sheryl paints an interpretation of the visual elements of the changing atmosphere combined with the effect it has on her own emotions. This week we chat with Sheryl for a deeper insight into her breathtaking work.
How did you come to be an artist?
I became an artist gradually- whilst at university, I topped up my ‘grant’ by doing pet portraits. I advertised for free through a local paper in return for providing bespoke artwork to go alongside obituaries! The most unusual one I did that I remember was a woodlouse... the gentleman who had passed away had spent his life researching them. The most popular one was a rose.
Describe your work in three words
Energetic, bold and thought-provoking (or is that four words?)
What draws you to work with your chosen medium/s ?
I love the effect of using more than one medium... the variation of translucency builds depths and mystique.
Does the area in which you live or other places influence your work?
Very much so... I find Weardale absolutely magical! The sometimes bleak and windswept landscape gives the skies even more life.
Where do you draw inspiration from?
The break of the day inspires me.. I get up ridiculously early every morning to catch it.
Do you listen to any favourite music, radio or podcasts while working in the studio?
A bit of a strange one but I do love the relaxation tracks.. the rainfall is my favourite but the dolphin one is unlistenable.
If you could invite three artists or art influencers (living or deceased) to dinner who would they be?
Hockney, Mik Artistic and Lempicka
What drew you to exhibit at the Watergate Street Gallery – do you have a criteria for choosing the galleries where you would like to show your work?
Watergate Street Gallery was an obvious choice... it’s got a really forward thinking owner who exhibits work of all genres- supporting independent artists. A bit of a rarity.
What are you most excited about artistically in 2020?
I’m really looking forward to seeing how the numbers of Lapwings in my area have increased again after the lockdown... I love watching them- they are so comical.
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