Local artist showing work at Loaded Joe’s in Avon
Vail, CO Colorado
1. Vail Daily: What does art mean to you?
Melissa Sherowski: As Nietzsche says, “Art is the central task of life.” It is that which gives life meaning and depth; without which living would be flat and empty. The desire to create is what gets me out of bed in the morning (and keeps me up late at night).
2. VD: When did you know you wanted to become an artist?
MS: I think I always knew, but for the longest time I wanted to be a writer. It was only in 2003 that I started to paint. I painted furniture and flowerpots for a long time. A little over a year ago I started painting on canvases and a couple of months later I decided that I wanted to devote my energy to being a painter. I haven’t had any formal training. Everything I’ve learned has been through trial and error and reading tons of books on technique and materials. I paint almost every day for an hour or more.
3. VD: What inspires you to create? What sort of mood do you have to be in?
MS: These days I am pretty much constantly inspired to create. Everything I look at becomes the play of light and shadow, color and shape. My ideas far outnumber my available hours so I am never lacking for subject matter. I don’t need to be in a certain mood to create. Even if I am in a terrible mood, once I start painting it all falls away and I get lost in the process.
4. VD: Why did you choose the medium that you work with, or did it choose you?
MS: I chose acrylics mostly because they were a lot less expensive than oils and didn’t require any solvents. I’ve stayed with acrylics because they are so easy to work with and nearly infinitely versatile.
5. VD: Describe your style.
MS: I can’t even begin to describe my style except to say that I love bright colors. At this point in my artistic career I am moving rapidly through styles and subjects as I learn new techniques and explore new avenues of inspiration. The idea of being locked in to a certain style seems so limiting right now.
6. VD: If you could meet any artist (alive or dead) who would it be? What would you talk about?
MS: I would love to meet Frida Kahlo. She is such an inspiration to me as a woman artist. I would want to talk about everything!
7. VD: Do you own a favorite piece of art? If so, describe it and tell us why you bought it?
MS: I recently bought an original art piece from a street vendor in Barcelona. It is largely red and black (my two favorite colors) and depicts an abstract horseman against a red sky. It conveys to me the heat and bright sun of summer in Spain. I love it because it is so simple yet so packed with energy. The man I bought it from was probably 70 years old and his years of experience are obvious in the loose, confident brush strokes.
8. VD: Where do you sell your art?
MS: I sell my art online at melissasherowski.etsy.com and at various shows. I also do custom work and can be contacted for that at email@example.com.