Sherry Montez is a self taught glass artist. Over the past 15 years she has been developing her unique style which involves stained glass and copper in a 3-D sculpture like appearance. Her work has a very open airy look to it while still retaining solid structure. She is also currently enjoying exploring the fabric media of machine-applique and quilting. There also she is working to developed her own unique style. Inspiration from her love of all things natural gives her work the light and free- form appearance that it has.
“I prefer a loose whimsical style that portrays a moment in time rather than an actual portrait. The relationship between people and catching people in the act of living are my favorite subjects to paint. I use watercolors with pen and ink and some acrylic metallic paint for embellishments. Recently, I’ve been adding collage elements, including musical notes and Japanese papers. On some of my Island women, I make watercolor batik papers that I then cut out and collage on for their clothing – sort of like dressing a paper doll. When it feels appropriate, I add stamps; some that I have carved myself.”
I was introduced to silk painting over 30 years ago by a French artist. Up to that point, the art mediums that I had been working with were mostly oils and watercolors, but I soon became hooked on this new and different way to express myself. Each pure silk piece that I design is hand painted using high quality French dyes, which must be steamed at the end of the process to set the colors.