By Kimberley P. Singleton
Carving a new beginning is where Sherry Davis found herself after retiring in 2006 from Rochester Products. She had enjoyed a 30 year career with the company since being hired shortly after graduating Sperry High School in 1975. Although this was an exciting time for Sherry, she had no idea what she was going to do with her future, since she was years away from reaching the official age for retirement.
After spending the next few years traveling and enjoying time with her two children, Sherry began refocusing her energy on her love for drawing and painting. Being a self-taught artist, Sherry decided in 2008 to take an Adult Education Class at Brighton High School in Rochester New York on Watercolor Painting to help refine her skills as a painter. She admits to second guessing this decision early on, after being warned by other artists that “Watercolor Painting” was the hardest medium to learn. However by the end of her course that intimidation had turned into an excessive fervor, as Sherry describes how she “developed an intense love for how the watercolors moved on the pallet.”
Her excitement inspired her to increase the amount of time she spent working from home on her overall craft. As Sherry’s passion for painting continued to grow so did her inventory of artwork. She began showcasing her collection at different venues throughout the Rochester area, with many positive reviews from the public. The uniqueness of Sherry’s creations is that her collection of work spans several mediums of art that attracts a large spectrum of art lovers. In 2015 Sherry truly began to see her future as an artist taking form.
She decided to apply for and was accepted on her first submission to become a featured artist for the 2015 Rochester Corn Hill Arts Festival in the area of Mixed Media. Sherry won 3rd Place in this category for that year and repeated her actions for another 3rd place win on her second appearance at the festival in 2017.
This summer Sherry received her greatest recognition from the festival, winning 1st Place in the category of Mixed Media for the 2018 Rochester Corn Hill Arts Festival. The public recently had the opportunity to view Sherry’s Mixed Media Collection of artwork at the Rochester Public Market on Artist Row to view.
These days Sherry no longer worries about her future and spends much of her time composing her artwork from her studio in room 210 of the Hungerford Arts Building at 1115 East Main Street, in Rochester. She says “she is thoroughly enjoying her new career as an Artist and has no plans on retiring from it anytime soon”.
She thanks the community for their support and welcomes a visit at her studio every first Friday from 5:00pm – 9:00 pm and every second Saturday from 10:00am – 3:00pm at the Hungerford Arts building. ( Artist Sherry Davis Pictured Above)