Daune Sheri, an accomplished Connecticut portrait artist, describes her work as emotive realism – a style of art that evokes an emotional response by subtly stimulating an emotion, memory or mood.
Her passion for art began early in life. Daune, one of the younger of five children, although born in Connecticut, being a daughter to a career military family, was subjected to seven household moves around the country during her first ten years of life. Having loved ones move through her life too quickly with these household relocations, brought an appreciation to value small details, to embrace idiosyncrasies, to be certain this one life did not go unnoticed or forgotten and she learned to capture this in her artwork. Influenced by a father’s expectations and a mother’s acceptance, she understood early on, home is not a place it is a feeling, a connection to family, friends, pets. The foundation of her work is inspired by her sensitive nature, emotional connections, traditional values and spiritual beliefs.
Daune's first professional commissioned portrait was at the age of fourteen. As an emerging artist, her portraits were created in monochrome, however she soon discovered a natural affinity for color and a love for watercolor and she quickly developed her own unique and identifiable style. With no formal training, her art is marked by exceptional talent. She implements style and sentiment through her compositional simplicity and strength of purpose. Her hallmark is precise detail, delicate portrayal and subtlety of expression.
As an amateur photographer, she finds enrichment in the use of photographs as reference for her artwork. This became more and more convenient for commissioned portrait work, as there is no travel time and no sitting fee or session. For nearly twenty years, she has created original and custom portraits on commission.
Intensely personal, the portrait images that define Daune Sheri's body of work directly depict the importance of ‘being’. Through self-expression, she identifies a fundamental truth that all things are parallel. “With unconditional honesty, I interpret what I see through a filter of what I know by hand and what I feel by heart. My expectation is to do more than just imitate what I see but rather, if chance is on my side, be witness to that unspoken voice…”
Daune currently resides in Brooklyn, Connecticut with her husband and Italian Greyhound friend, where she has established a private home studio and works full-time as a portrait artist. She is an active member of the International Guild of Realism and the Northeastern Connecticut Art Guild.
As a portrait artist, I am very much influenced by the figure in its entirety. Countless physical and emotional observations factor in, however it is the unseen presence, the fleeting sentiment that is not spoken, that might not be discernibly apparent that draws my interest.
Being receptive to the subject, I hope to depict an image that is unfaltering to the viewer. I try to be as objective as one can be without binding myself to limitations. My observations allow me to interpret what is perceived real and what is perceived unremarkable. Both however, are essential in portraying a raw likeness and a strong composition.
I find a profound commonality in our existence and it's in that moment of hesitation where thought transcends figure that I most want to portray. I communicate what I know by hand and what I feel by heart. My expectation is to do more than just imitate what I see but rather, if chance is on my side, be witness to that unspoken voice...