Daune Sheri, an accomplished Connecticut portrait artist, describes her work as emotional realism. She often focuses her subject's eyes or turns her subject's head in such a way to evoke imagery. With no formal training, her hallmark is one of precise detail and delicate portrayal, implementing style and sentiment through her compositional simplicity and strength of purpose. By using diffuse light and subtlety of expression, she offers a sensitivity that has become a signature element to her individual and identifiable style.
Her passion for art began in early childhood. Struggling a life battle with an anxiety disorder complicated by bouts of depression, she found and continues to find solace in the centering balance and mindfulness of art.
One of the younger of five children, although Daune was born in Connecticut, being a daughter to a career military family, she was subjected to seven household moves across the country during her first ten years of life.
Homes changed. Schools changed. Friends changed. As an already sensitive child, this heightened fear of loss but also appreciation of life. The gift born from this experience was the understanding to recall and value small details and differences and to recognize the importance of each life. Even today, this can be seen within the foundation of her paintings. “I hope to 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…”
What always remained a constant in her life was family - parents, brothers, sisters, now husband and, this seemed always to include, a family dog or two. Family was and still is her structure and stability and where her heart lies.
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. Being 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.
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. Her artwork can be found in the homes of many of her collectors throughout the USA.
As a portrait artist, I am very much influenced by the figure in its completeness. It is a bit of a provocative mystery to find what lies within the subtleties of facial expression and emotion. There are, no doubt, countless physical and emotional observations that factor in, but it is the unseen presence, the fleeting sentiment that is not spoken that is most interesting to me.
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 sensitive composition. It's very exciting as an artist to have an active role in depicting a balance among the subject, the artist and the audience. In the end, I believe a little bit of each exists within the final artwork.
I find both a profound individuality and commonality in our existence. It's in that moment of hesitation where thought transcends into the recesses of the heart that I most want to portray. It's that moment I hope to 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...