Monday, November 10, 2014

Artist Spotlight : Sher Schier

Holiday cards, throws, ties... Sher Schier's designs have graced them all.  Her artwork is delightfully whimsical, and our collaborations have produced some of our most universally well loved and treasured products.  Her designs are so appropriate for the holidays- playful, peaceful, magical- now is the perfect time to learn more about our friend Sher.

Q. Can you tell us about your start as an artist?

A. My mother was a teacher who encouraged creativity and instilled a love and curiosity for life. I grew up enjoying drawing and my favorite model was the family dog. When I was 17, I stayed with a family in Paris as an exchange student. They took me to The Louvre and I was greatly moved by a Van Gogh painting. I decided to pursue a career in art and created a major of Visual Communication in college, combining Fine Art and Communication classes, a "practical" path.

Q. Describe your artistic style.

A. My style is born from a love for pure and simple essence. I draw from both Modern and Classic works and Japanese aesthetics for their truth & beauty.

Q. Can you take us through your creative process?

A. My process is intuitive and organic. I sort through thoughts and ideas on long daily walks and then wait for clarity. My design approach is wholistic...every element needing to be in harmony & balance with my senses and purpose. I play until it sings to me.

Q. What was your first design for the Museum Shop?

A. Thankful Snowman and Peace both ran in 2003. They were inspired by my gratitude for the solace of divine compassion following the loss of my brother, Mick, in a plane crash in 2001.

Q. Your Snow Dog design is always a customer favorite, tell us about him.

A. The drawing is a tribute to my yellow lab, Jed! Walking across the lake in a snowstorm I was struggling to navigate the way home and he was thoroughly enjoying the huge, fluffy flakes. His spirit was contagious and uplifting. Having grown up with "Snoopy" of Peanuts, and "R-Astro" of The Jetsons, I have always had a love for the wit and joy of animated dogs.

Q. What artists are inspiring to you?

A. The Modern & Renaissance Masters, Milton Glaser, children under the age of 5.

Q. What are your favorite things to do in Chicago around the holidays?

A. A walk or drive at night down Michigan Avenue...the lights are magical, heavenly. Browsing the big, older department stores filled with holiday spirit.

Q. Which is your favorite holiday card from our assortment?

A. The Wegman Ornamental Holiday Card

Q. What is the best advice you've received during your career as an artist?

A. Trust your path and always be grateful.

Thanks so much, Sher!  Click here to view all of our products featuring Sher's designs.

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