|Drawing of Taheera
by Sherrie McGraw, 2009, charcoal, 24 x 18.
Sherrie McGraw: Weekend With the Masters Instructor
Sherrie McGraw has been at the forefront of the American art scene for more than 30 years. As a young woman in Oklahoma City in 1978, she was urged by her teachers Richard and Edith Goetz to move to New York to study at the famed Art Students League where they had studied within the lineage of Robert Brackman and George Bridgeman. In her initial years at the League she studied primarily with legendary artist, David Leffel, but also learned anatomy through Robert Beverly Hale and Jon Zahourek at the New York Academy.
After just a few years in New York, she was began making her own way as an exceptional artist and began exhibiting and winning awards at some of New York’s most famous art institutions. By the time she was 30, McGraw was teaching classes at the Art Students League of New York. Included in national museums, galleries, and art institutions, her classical chiaroscuro paintings are selectively featured.
Currently, she gives lectures and demonstrations for such art institutions as the Portrait Society of America, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, the Academy of Art University, in San Francisco, and Studio Incamminati, in Philadelphia. In addition to showing at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, her work has been exhibited in major institutions including the National Museum of Wildlife Art, the Gilcrease Museum, and others, and hangs in numerous prestigious collections throughout the world, including a satellite museum of The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
She edited and wrote a foreword to The Drawings of Nicolai Fechin and worked on an initial edit of a new book on Fechin’s paintings. She is the author of the highly acclaimed book, The Language of Drawing and is presently writing an instructional book on painting. For more information on McGraw, visit her website.
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