Sheri Chakamian

Artist Bio

I began painting in my early years of college. I followed my interest and received a Bachelor degree in Fine Art with emphasis in printmaking. I continued painting on the side and participating on several shows while getting an MBA and raising a family.

In the last ten years, I have been living in Morgan Hill, California, and while raising a family, have been operating my art studio, Sheri’s Art Studio. I teach drawing and painting to children of all ages with emphasis in watercolor, pastel, and pencil. Many of my students have participated in several art shows and have placed in the top three.

My early years’ focus on black & white works in lithography, etching, and silkscreen, has given way to a stronger enunciation of colors in acrylic on canvas. My love of flowers as the quiet and the shy lovers of sun still persist.

Artist Statement

I am interested in the bond between a man and a woman, their physical attraction, and their passion and love. I couldn’t find a better way to show this connection than dancing, where people feel free to show their feelings and emotions through intimate body movement. My paintings tell the story of people that transform their souls through dance to the passionate, free, and beautiful dancers. I am drawn to the beauty of my dancers that reflects from within and not their facial expressions.

An Iranian poet once said: “the whole meaning of life is to connect with someone in a fundamental level; whether that person is now present and is in front of you or has lived many years before or might live many years after you…this essential connection is love and it is one that distinguishes life from death…”

To me love is an aesthetic act as it was to her. I am interested in that connection in its physicality. Something happens, a perplexing attraction is felt in a split second by a man and woman, and then, passion and movement follow. I find dance and dancing proper texture and context to show this. Emotions entangled in intimate movements of bodies. Soul thrusting forth from every joint of a body at once in control and subject to it, while transforming both the body and itself in the short silence between the notes. Looks and facial expressions are secondary to me. I take and collect pictures of dancers and people all the time. I paint the ones that capture the emotion, the exuberance, the beauty and sensual presence of that connection.

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