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Sept 2018 Presenter: Sheryl Stalnaker

Painting "Breaking Surf" by Sheryl Stalnaker

We will have a wonderful presentation in September to kick off our new year. Sheryl Stalnaker will join us to talk about her art and her process. Sheryl is a Charleston artist who will co-instructing a workshop for us with Madelaine Dukes in November. Hope you can come enjoy the fun and fellowship at our meeting!

Photo of Artist Sheryl Stalnaker painting en plein air


"My landscape paintings are inspired by the unspoiled places, which can be hard to find. I am mesmerized by interesting cloud formations, the light hitting a wave, or colors reflecting. I immerse myself in the landscape, gathering artistic inspiration while boating to remote areas, kayaking, surfing, or hiking in the mountains. I strive to pull the viewer into participation with the scene, such as feeling the tranquility of a still morning or the rolling of waves in the sea. My still life and other low country scenes incorporate texture and light to make the paintings have energy and visual interest."

Capturing the feeling and energy of a scene in her paintings, Sheryl often starts a painting on location and studies her subject from life, rather than working only from photographs, which gives her the feeling she wants to convey in her work. She builds up layers of paint using a brush and palette knife, both adding paint and scraping away. This adds depth and an interesting textural element to her work. From a distance, the viewer is pulled into the painting, but when viewed closer, Sheryl’s work is impressionistic and even abstracted in places. Her work conveys a mood and not just a representation of the scene. She has taught private and small group painting classes and workshops for years and enjoys sharing her passion for art both through her own painting and through inspiring others.


B.A. University of Washington

Additional fine art studies at Seattle University, Clark College and workshops in Italy, California, and the Carolinas

Corporate Collections

Duke University Hospital

Vibra Hospital

Tidelands Bank

Harbour View Inn

Andrew Pinckney Inn

King Charles Inn


Private Collections - across the U.S., England, & Japan

Selected Juried & Invitational Shows

Telfair Museum Art Fair


Piccolo Spoleto Art Exhibition

Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Exhibition

Southeast Wildlife Exposition landscape show

Artists for Emanuel, Straight from the Heart

Other Recognition

Official Image 2011 Charleston Farmers Market

Official Image 2011 Red Cross Home Garden and Art Tour

Volunteer muralist - Ronald McDonald House of Charleston

Charleston City Paper (2003): "Plein air painting (painting from life) is a genre that seems to be saturated with talented local artists... but one particular artist who has set herself apart is Sheryl Stalnaker."

Charleston Post & Courier, Southeastern Wildlife Expo Feature (2013): “Her palette knife paintings focus on beautiful light and perspective in her compositions.”

Carolina Arts (2015): ... paintings are “luscious and dreamy”

Visit Sheryl's website by clicking HERE.

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