Shari Gaines
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“Some children are born to play sports or dance or sing. I was born to create. All through school I was always involved in some sort of creative outlet. That feeling never stopped, even into adulthood.

I would classify my painting style as Painterly Realism leaning towards Impressionism. My preferred medium is oils because they are so malleable, akin to sculpting. I like to challenge myself by painting various genres including still life, portraits from life and figure work, often combing several in one painting. One of my favorite ways to paint is outdoors on location (en plein air). Like the great Impressionists, I find painting in the elements a thrill. One has to contend with ever-changing light, wind, rain, clouds, bugs and interesting onlookers. I’m often spotted on the local beaches or downtown areas with my easel, brushes and paints at the ready.

My goal as an artist is to bring a feeling of peace to others; to take the viewer on a journey or a ‘mind vacation’.”

Though always creative, Shari didn’t begin painting until later in life, after serving 8 years active duty in the Air Force, and after raising her family. Once her children moved out on their own, she decided it was time to take her art seriously. By investing in a few years of private instruction and by taking a drawing course, she was able to progress quickly. Those years of instruction were rigorous, learning about art history, drawing, and painting techniques.  One of the most important lessons was learning to paint from direct observation, a method that Shari employs to this day.   For times when she is not able to paint from life, she relies on her own photos, focusing on compositional elements, interesting shadow patterns, dramatic lighting, moody skies or people fully engrossed in something. Her objective when creating a work is to focus on translating a feeling, mood or story. She is particularly enamored with painting outdoors, en plein air. She doesn’t shy away from painting in public and is often spotted on the local beaches, marinas or in quaint downtown areas with easel, oil paints and brushes at the ready.  “It took me a while to feel comfortable painting in public but now I can’t get enough. I feel like a street performer at times but that is all part of the experience”. She paints, chats and tells stories and listens to the stories that others love to share with her.” All of my senses become fully engaged. Even the smells and sounds play a role in the creation of a work done on location.”  Her passion comes through in her work. “I’ve been told that my paintings have an authentic feel to them; a real sense of place.”  Shari also enjoys painting portraits or figures from live models. “There is something quite magical about a one-on-one 2 hour session with the model.  I feel a deep bond with my subject on a level I can’t put into words.”

Recent Exhibits/Awards:

“Coffee Pot Bayou Bridge” was awarded First Place in the painting category of “New Beginnings 2017, Creative Artist Guild exhibit, January 2017.
“Seated Male” was awarded Third Place in the May 2016 Society of All Artists (S.A.A) Life Drawing challenge. 
“Buds and Blooms” received a Special Recognition award in the April 2016 Botanicals division of Light, Space and Time.
“Path to the Tasting Room” received a certificate of artistic excellence “Highly Commended” award from the Society of All Artists (S.A.A.) in the April 2016 Light and Shadow challenge.
“Emergence” was part of the Fav15 (Favorite 15% by FASO and Fine Art Views Staff Members) in the February 2016 Bold Brush
“Portrait Study” received a 1st Place at the “Florida Impressions- 2016” Creative Artist Guild art show
-“Last Call” was part of the FAV15 ((Favorite 15%” by FASO and FineArtViews Staff Members) in the Bold Brush Art Competition
-“Roxburgh Fig” received a 2nd Place in the professional division of the Florida Botanical Gardens “Diggin’ The Arts 2015” Quick       Draw challenge.
-“Guarding Automedon” received a 2nd Place in Oils and People’s Choice Award at the Tarpon Springs Art Association Winter           Show 2014
-“Sunset and Sea Oats received a Special Recognition in the Seascapes category of Light Space & Time, 2014
-“Nala” received a Special Recognition Award in the Animals category of Light Space & Time, 2014
-“Floating Serenely” received a Special Recognition Award in the Botanicals category of Light      Space & Time, 2014
-” No More Yard Work” received a Special Merit Award in the Landscape category of Light      Space & Time, 2014
“On The Green Line: The Reader” juried into the 19th Annual International Show,, 2013 
“Little Boy Blue” Honorable Mention-Plein Air Quick Draw Challenge, Tarpon Springs Paint and    Photo 2013
-“Malcolm” juried into the 12th Annual International Show,, 2011
-“In the Shadows” juried into “Still and Moving” show, Dunedin Fine Art Center
 “Private Tasting” juried into 2010 Spring show
-3 pieces selected for “So You Think You Can Paint” exhibition at the University of South Florida

Oil Painters of America
Portrait Society of America
PAVA (Professional Association of Visual Artists)
Dunedin Fine Art Center
Florida Plein Air
Tarpon Springs Art Association
Creative Artist Guild (CAG)
American Impressionist Society (AIS)

Represented by Beach House Gallery, Dunedin, Florida

Many of her paintings hang in private collections in California, Texas, Florida, New York, and Canada