"Exploration of new places inspires me," says Sheary Clough Suiter. "I'm facinated with the way connecting with one's invironment informs an artists' choice of shapes, colors, and content."
A former dental hygienist, Alaska fishing lodge owner/operator, travel planner, literary journal editor, and young adult fiction author, Sheary has been a visual artist since 1992, and is now based in Colorado, where she divides her time between studio painting, teaching, and traveling the back-roads of America, art supplies in tow along with the Casita trailer.
Sheary's paintings are at once narrative, figurative, and abstract. Part whimsy, part mystery.......shape, color, pattern, and mark making are all strong design elements found in her work. She works in an intuitive and directy manner, embracing the unexpected results of melting wax. "I've found my true passion in encaustic. Working with wax is physical and just a little dangerous. I paint molten wax with a brush, fuse with an open-flame torch, and carve back into the hardened wax with sharp metal instruments."
Awards recognizing her expertise in encaustic include a Pikes Peak Arts Council MicroGrant, a Permanent Collection Purchase by the Anchorage Museum of Art, a Rasmuson Foundation Individual Artist Project Award, and an Alaska State Council on the Arts Career Opportunity Grant, funded by the NEA.
Currently Ombudsperson for the non-profit arts organization International Encaustic Artists, Sheary is founder and past president of AKIEA (Alaska Chapter IEA), subsequently serving the organization on a national level as IEA Chief Officer of Opportunities. Sheary teaches workshops on the art of painting with encaustic at Bemis School of Art, as well as from her private studio in Old Colorado City. Online at www.backdoordesigns.com