Sherri Bails: Watercolor Artist and Teacher

Sherri Bails:
Watercolor Artist and Teacher

My watercolors are meant to bring fun into your life. The thrill of a challenge drives me to pick up a paintbrush…not only the challenge of subject matter, but also how best to tell that subject’s story, often using abstract shapes and symbols to show meaning and bring a sense of sophisticated whimsy to every piece. I am here to awaken the need for fun in everyone’s life in a lovely way.

photo of Sherri Bails

My watercolors are meant to bring fun into your life. The thrill of a challenge drives me to pick up a paintbrush…not only the challenge of subject matter, but also how best to tell that subject’s story, often using abstract shapes and symbols to show meaning and bring a sense of sophisticated whimsy to every piece. I am here to awaken the need for fun in everyone’s life in a lovely way.

photo of Sherri Bails

Bio

Jeanne Dobie and Tony Couch have strongly influenced my work, and I use an abbreviated check list of interesting shapes and edges, strong value, and pure pigments with each piece. I try to do something different, in terms of design, a different vision, or a new technique. Each work has a story to tell, both in how I was inspired to do it and its execution.

Since 2008, when my work took a more contemporary turn, I now paint in two distinct styles. Each one complements the other. My newer style is more of a challenge from a design standpoint; this motivates me to be creative with each new idea. Since the execution is very graphic, the challenge to be very precise is markedly different from the way I paint in my more traditional style.

When teaching workshops, classes, and painting in plein aire, I paint using my traditional way. But I have found that I paint looser, freer because of the preciseness of my contemporary style. Both ways of painting challenge me; I am more relaxed painting in my original traditional style, and the challenge of coming up with a creative design keeps me going back to my contemporary work.

My chosen vehicle of inspiration, watercolor, seems to be adaptable to both styles. My love of clean, clear color and the inherent challenge of the media itself have kept me at a fascination level since 1985, when I revisited the media with three almost grown children. And each brush stroke of color rekindles my fascination with it.

Sherri Bails graduated from Northern Illinois University in 1968 where she earned a B.S. degree in Art Education. She taught art at the elementary, junior high and university levels. She remains a very popular teacher in the South Puget Sound area.

Sherri Bails graduated from Northern Illinois University in 1968 where she earned a B.S. degree in Art Education. She taught art at the elementary, junior high and university levels. She remains a very popular teacher in the South Puget Sound area.


Galleries

Resume

Galleries
  • WPW Gallery at Columbia Center
  • The Art Studio, South Hill, WA
  • Ryan Gallery in Lincoln City, Oregon
Juried Shows and Exhibits
  • 2017 NWWS Signature Member Show, Nov-Dec, Schack Art Ctr, Everett, WA
  • 2016 Women Artists Coast To Coast: West, Convention Center, Seattle WA
  • 2015 Women Painters of Washington Visual Voices Exhibition at the Larson Gallery, Yakima, WA
  • 2014 NWWS 74th International Open Show, American Art Company, Tacoma, WA
  • 2014 Solo Show: Department of Ecology, 18 Watercolors: Contempory Realism, Lacey, WA
  • 2013 Seattle CoArt 63rd Juried Show: Honorable Mention. Kirsten Gallery, Seattle, WA
  • 2012-2013 Women Painters of Washington, Celebration: A year long Traveling Exhibition
  • 2012 Harbor History Museum 13th Annual Juried Maritime Art Exhibition, Gig Harbor, WA
  • 2011 Women Painters of Washington Fall Member Show: Award Winner
  • 2010 Morso Restaurant/ Gallery "Colors of My Life"
  • 2010 Frank Tobey Jones Show, Tacoma Art Museum
  • 2010 Western Washington Fair
  • 2010 NWWS Open Show, Seattle Convention Center
  • 2009 Inaugural Signature American Watercolor Exhibition, Fallbrook Art Center ,Fallbrook, CA
  • 2009 NWWS Signature Members Exhibition, University House , Issaquah, WA
  • 2008 Seattle CoArts Annual Show HONORABLE MENTION
  • 2008 NWWS Waterworks Show, Bellevue, WA Catalog Cover and Golden Award
  • 2008 WCPC Art Exhibition, Kirsten Gallery, Seattle, WA
  • 2006 NWWS Open Show, Seattle
  • 2005 NWWS Waterworks Show, Bothell, WA
  • 2005 Painting purchased for Pierce County Arts and Cultural Commission Collection
  • 2004 Tall Ships Exhibition at the WA State History Museum-Honorable Mention
  • 2004 Solo Invitational Show, Olympic College, Bremerton
  • 2003-2006 The Gallery, TCC Faculty Show, Tacoma Com. Colleg
  • 2003-2004 Peninsula Art League Juried Show, Harbor Gallery, Gig Harbor
  • 1999-2010 The Gallery, Annual Juried Art Exhibit, Tacoma Com. College
  • 2001 Western Washington Fair Art Exhibit
  • 2001-2003 Seattle CoArts Annual Show
  • 2000 Edmonds Art Festival, Juried Show
  • 2000 Western Washington Fair Art Exhibit-2nd Place
  • 1999 Seattle CoArts Annual Show, Issaquah, WA-painting Award of Merit
  • 1999 NWWS Waterworks Show, Issaquah, WA
  • 1998 Lacey Street of Dreams, Featured Artist, Lacey, WA
  • 1998 NWWS Waterworks Show, Mercer Island, WA, painting chosen for press release
  • 1997 Sumner Summer Festival-City Purchase Award-97
  • 1998-1999 Western Washington Fair Exhibit-4th Place
  • 1993-1998 Kirkland Summer Festiva

Teaching Experience

  • 2013-present Peninsula Metropolitan Parks in Gig Harbor
  • 2012-present "Drawing Secrets" class at Peninsula Metropolitan Parks in Gig Harbor
  • 2006-present Saturday Workshops: South Hill, Gig Harbor, Tacoma
  • 1994-2012 Home Studio: Adult, Children's Art Classes
  • 1993-2012 Tacoma Community College: Beginning, Intermediate Watercolor
  • 2001,2004,2008 Artists Workshop/Retreat: Kauai
  • 2003,2004 Museum of Glass, Center for Contemporary Art, Tacoma: Artist/Teacher in Residence
  • 2000 Artists Workshop/Retreat: Mau

Juror Experience

  • 2016 Arts Alive Federal Way Arts Commission Show, WA
  • 2016 Peninsula Art League Members Show , Gig Harbor,WA
  • 2015 Arts Alive Federal Way Arts Commission Show, WA
  • 2013 Peninsula Art League Members Show , Gig Harbor,WA
  • 2008-present Puyallup School District, "Reflections" Art Contest, held at Karsner Museum, Puyallup, WA
  • 2005 Tacoma Community College: 3rd Annual Open Exhibit
  • 2004 Western Washington Fair: Watercolor Exhibit

Professional Affiliations

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