Sheary Clough Suiter is a mixed media artist whose unique and imaginative style incorporates both figurative images and abstract designs with an emphasis on color and texture. She paints to express inner feelings and emotions, rather than to portray outer reality in an accurate, rational manner.
Sheary was born and raised in Eugene, Oregon and attended both Oregon State University and the University of Oregon. After becoming a Registered Dental Hygienist, Sheary headed up the Alcan Highway north to Alaska. Finding herself too restless to sustain the nine to five routine, she spent the next ten years in bush Alaska, devoting summers to managing a remote sport fishing lodge and air taxi service, and the long dark winters to becoming a writer.
Following the success of two published novels and a stint as contributing editor for the University of Alaska's award-winning literary journal, "Alaska Quarterly Review", Sheary's daughter, Lauren, was born. Saying good bye to the requisite solitude of the writer's life, She re-prioritized her time to motherhood. However, unsettled without the creative outlet that writing provided, she began to study drawing and painting.
Her talent for the visual arts emerged after enrolling in an elective class in beginning drawing, while working on her MFA in Creative Writing. Sheary subsequently studied with contemporary artists such as Katherine Chang Liu, Gerald Brommer, Christopher Schink, Mary Todd Beam, Maxine Masterfield, Pat Deadman, Michael Schlicting, and Pat San Soucie.
Sheary has now been enjoying the struggles and rewards of living the artist's life for over ten years. Recent recognition for her work with encaustic (paintings made with beeswax and pure pigments) include a 2007 Rasmuson Foundation Individual Artist Project Award, as well as a 2008 Career Opportunity Grant, funded by the Alaska State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment fo the Arts.
Sheary paints and teaches from her studio in Anchorage. In addition to privately commissioned work and participation in juried exhibitions throughout the Lower 48, Sheary's art is represented in mid-town Anchorage at Half Moon Creek Gallery, in downtown Anchorage at Virtu, and in downtown Portland, Oregon at the Attic Gallery.