Our featured artist this month at WV Market Gallery is Sherri "Sha" Rowan. The incredibly talented Sherri Rowan is best known for her landscapes and nature inspired abstract paintings in the medium of encaustic, even raising her own bees and incorporating their beeswax into every piece. Under the trade name “Sha,” Sherri makes encaustic paint from a molten colloidal suspension of beeswax, tree resin, and raw earth pigments, which she fuses to wooden canvases.
“I paint with a torch,” creating enamel-like surfaces and “multiple layers for dimension and ethereal flow.” Sherri’s works have redefined the ancient technique of encaustic through her use of a variety of thermal tools, to harness the transformative nature of heat as a catalyst to create textural, color-rich abstracts.
A life-long artist and West Virginia native, Sherri Rowan’s distinctive style has awarded her as juried artist member of Tamarack: The Best of WV, and the Tri-State Arts Association. Art by Sha is featured in various private collections galleries, and exhibitions in FestivALL of Charleston, Huntington Museum of Art, David L. Dickerson Fine Art Gallery, Tamarack of Beckley, and WV Market Gallery.