Registration for Oceans of Color, our 45th Annual SDP International Conference & Expo, is open! Over the next several weeks, we’ll be introducing you to some of our class teachers so you can learn about the projects they’ll be teaching and why you should register for their classes.
Today we meet Sherry Nelson MDA TDA!
Sherry is teaching three projects at Oceans of Color that embody Florida’s climate and wildlife. Read our interview with Sherry to learn more about why you should sign up for her classes!
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I took my first painting lessons in 1971. I needed a babysitter for my kids when I went to class and my neighbor was willing. But she wanted to learn what I was learning. So, I took the class on Monday morning and taught it to her and two other friends on Wednesday evenings. One of those ladies still paints with me today and we have been best friends for 44 years! And that's what painting and teaching is all about…the friends we make, and the knowledge we share.
In a few words, tell us about the classes you’re teaching at Oceans of Color.
I wanted to design some pieces that would entice painters to explore our convention, to come experience the uniqueness of Florida and to learn something related to that. So I found myself thinking first of birds that frequent the shore, and the marshlands of Florida.
The White Ibis project (class 313) I’m teaching is one of Florida’s dramatic backyard birds.
The Beach Bum (class 102) is the exciting painting for my oil special event co-taught by Cheri Rol MDA and features the spiffy Common Tern. It tells the story of a sandy Florida beach and what you might find there to inspire your brush.
I’m also teaching Tangled Butterfly (class 201), which is a unique contemporary piece using oils, pen and ink.
I hope lots of painters join me to experience a bit of what makes Florida special.
Why should someone take your class?
My students always leave my classes with extensive knowledge about the subject, a grasp of the essentials of my favorite medium, oils, and a set of logically-created instructions written in such a way that anyone can follow and learn from them. When I teach even the most entry level painters, I am always prepared to share my enthusiasm in such a way that the students can without exception learn and grow and find success in doing so.
Every teacher you take from brings a little extra bit of knowledge to your bag of painting tricks. It's all part of the big picture and even if you never take from them again you've likely learned something that could impact your painting world in a huge way. So come on – sign up for classes at Conference and be inspired! Come to create, to do something fresh and exciting to jumpstart your approach to art.
What are you looking forward to the most at Oceans of Color?
A new city, a fresh location, and meeting painters who have never taken my classes before. Every single one of SDP’s Conferences is exciting and unique. I’ve never missed a conference in the 43 years since the first convention I attended in Tulsa, OK in 1975. Sure wouldn’t want to lose out on all the fun coming up in Daytona Beach at Oceans of Color!
What do you love most about the painting industry?
My students! Their creativity and excitement about taking new classes and learning all they can enliven the upcoming show.
Register for Sherry’s classes and our other classes and events at Oceans of Color. Stay tuned to meet another teacher soon right here on the SDP Blog!