Today we’d like to introduce you to Sheree Greider.
Sheree, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
My story begins in the mid 1950’s in rural Oklahoma. I knew from the age of four that I would be a painter. I tried to capture with little, pan watercolors and bits of crayon the world around me. Horses and Natives (most of my friends were Native American of many different tribes) and big skies were always front and center. When I was 17, I married my rock musician boyfriend and we traveled around the country where I continued drawing and painting but becoming a professional artist would not be a reality until many years later.
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Life has been pretty hard but I always sought every opportunity to learn and paint even though materials were usually scarce. Raising my children, I always shared with them my love of art and my dreams of painting professionally. In 2016, I began my full-time journey. It was as though I jumped into a creative river . Paintings began to pour out of me. I painted canvas after canvas and filled drawing pad after drawing with ideas. I even began to paint on pieces of cardboard because I had used all other available surfaces. The cardboard paintings are now some of my own favorites and are huge sellers.
It truly is “Never too late” to fulfill dreams as since that time, I’ve painted over 600 paintings and have shipped them all over the United States and abroad.
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I live and breathe painting… any day I paint is a “good day”. My style is loose and full of movement and energy.
I use lots of vibrant color and texture and often paint with knives, my fingers, sticks, and anything that creates interesting marks and movement. I paint with a variety of mediums, oil, acrylics, enamel, pastels, and watercolor.
So maybe we end by discussing what matters most to you and why?
My family is of great importance to me. As a bi-racial family, social justice and current issues are extremely important. In these times of unrest, we seek to express love and acceptance of each other and others. We are now three generations of professional artists and entrepreneurs.