While in New Mexico, Redfield began exploring crafts, including wood carving, which led her to Pyrography and bead weaving.
Sherri Jones Redfield was born in Williamsburg, Virginia and moved as a teenager to Apex, NC where she graduated from Apex High School in 1981. Sherri went to college at UNCC where she graduated in 1985 with a BA in Psychology. She then earned a BFA in Studio Art with an emphasis on drawing and painting from the University of New Mexico in 2006. Sherri is married and has two daughters, one son-in-law and a grandson.
Sherri enjoys working in many mediums; pyrography or wood burning, oil painting, drawing in inks, and jewelry bead work. After graduation from UNM in 2006 she opened her first studio space at DCAC (Downtown Contemporary Art Center) in downtown Albuquerque.
The in 2009 she moved from New Mexico to Houston, Texas for a short time then back to Apex in October 2010. Sherri and her family finally moved to Clayton in 2016 following the birth of her Grandson so that they could be close by to help care for the new addition. Being a little bit of a gypsy has given her a great appreciation for all parts of America and the unique landscapes and nature which serve as inspiration in her work. This and Japanese wood block prints and ink drawings influence the style and topics of her work.
In addition to creating art and participation in local art shows in North Carolina and Virginia Sherri has conducted several Art Expression classes for Hemophilia of North Carolina, and the Hemophilia Foundation of Greater Florida. She also taught classes for students while living in New Mexico and established a free afterschool art program for a local elementary school. She was active in a local church program which produced a community wide vacation bible school by creating the art projects used for each year’s theme.
After a brief hiatus from creating art Sherri is back in the studio in Clayton. Her current works can be found in local shows and on her Facebook page under Sherri Redfield. Commissions are always welcome.
My art today is Pyrography, wood burning. All of these works are original drawings that are drawn freehand onto an object to be burned, mostly woods. When a drawing is complete, the image is burned utilizing a specialized tool and other methods of burning. The tool and other techniques allow the wood to be carved and shaded which creates the images in the wood. The wood is treated so that it is sealed for protection over time. Any color that is used is applied by using ink, stains, and Danish oils.
I enjoy using inks for color because they seep into the wood retaining the wood grain. While stains are interesting it generally remain on the surface of the wood and mask the grain. Keeping the character of the piece of wood is important as the grain often provides inspiration for the images that are drawn.
The subjects for art pieces are inspired by the wood itself, nature, stories, and Japanese ink drawing and wood block prints. I enjoy combining the work on wood with natural images and creating twists within what is found in nature and what I find in my imagination. I have an affinity for owls because my Grandmother was also an artist and painting many owls.
In addition to work with wood I enjoy oil painting, ink drawings, wood carving, block printing, and jewelry making. My jewelry work is bead work using bead weaving techniques. My interested are varied and I usually have several projects working at the same time.