Sherie Harkins
Professional Artist Biography
Sherie Bishop Harkins’ fine art has been described as "an indulgence for the senses”. Harkins is paying attention to the means through which we acquire and interpret information. This concept is expressed through her experiences and masterfully depicted on her canvas. Harkins is intrigued with the contrast between how we perceive, and what can be revealed with insightful rendering.

Born into a wandering family, Harkins settled in Bucks County Pennsylvania as a teenager. While Art making was a consistent solace in the process of making new friends and finding her place, the changes in her location and experience have given her a unique perspective from which to observe and share.

After earning her BFA in Painting from the Visual and Performing Arts College at UMass Dartmouth she extended her creative options as a Landscape Designer and as a freelance Graphic and Commission Portrait Artist before entering the world of Public Education, While teaching high school traditional and digital Art, Harkins earned an MAT in Creative Arts from Bridgewater State University.

Harkins resides in Providence Rhode Island, a creative hub of arts resources and educational opportunities, where she where she has become a prolific and sought after fine art painter. She continues to teach, and to expand her own studies through the Rhode Island School of Design. Her work is part of numerous collections and exhibitions across the country.

Harkins’ work beautifully reflects an exceptional skill with formal elements; composition, transparency, texture, color and form, but the authenticity of their emotional impact comes through as she paints these themes in tangible form. These are images of people, time, and relationships in all their fragile vulnerability; different, shifting, hard and soft, the overlap and setting always affecting the way we view others and ourselves.

“Each drop of water or color variation is magnified. Every shadow and subtle surface change takes on a new meaning when viewed in the outsized context.” - Paula Martiesian, BankRI Galleries Curator.

"Collectors are often drawn to Harkins’ technique first, and then the emotional impact of what the painting evokes connects in a unique and powerful way." - Andrew Hyder, curator of Hyder Gallery Center for Fine Art.

"Harkins’ use of light is magical, and her translucent colors glow with an old world charm in a contemporary setting, appealing to both the traditionalist and the modernist." - Nancy Maguire Heath, Collector, Director RI School for the Deaf

Sherie Harkins oil on canvas “Shift Eleven” portraying what looks to be two ice cubes reflecting on a black marble table, [was] surely chosen for its fine details that would stand out in many a show. Her “Tomato Light” painting capturing the fruit at its most transparent red is another fine portrait of our agricultural roots…
- Brian Goslow, Artscope Magazine, “A Feast for the Senses”, March/April 2016

Breath in a Circle of Wisdom (Original and Reproductions)

Shift Eight; Appreciating the Influence (Original Sold)

Shift XIII; Blue Flame

Lucid (Original and Prints Available)

Tomato Light

Shift II; Rushing Towards Infinity (Original Sold)

Blood Orange Companion (Original Sold)

Shift VII (Original Oil Painting Sold)

Blood Orange (Original and Reproductions Available)

Glorious Innocent

Shift Three; Interim Peace (Original Sold)

Shift Six; Kinship

Sweet Blue

Shift IX; New View Out of the Deep

Lucid I

Lucid II

Lucid III

Nonnie<(1)>s Spoon

Descent Before Rising (Original and Reproductions Available)

Shift XI;  Double Entendre

Shift XII; Cool Dark Night

Rest in the Soft Dream

Corrupt and Purify (Signed Limited Edition)

Disparate Grace

Love and Fear

To Begin Again

Poured Out

Secret Corner

East Bay Bike Path

Breath in a Circle of Wisdom (Original and Reproductions)
Painting and Limited Edition Reproductions: Limited Edition Print

Sparkling blue and teal against a deep blue background, ice melting and combining with the changing presence of other.

Limited Edition: 3 of 100
Height 48" x Width 60" x Depth 2"
Year Produced: Unknown
Inventory ID SH_0019
Status: All Galleries


Breath in a Circle of Wisdom is part of the Shift series and celebrates the fellowship of others that are part of our tribe of belonging. The Shift series came about as I was experiencing my own shift in the years and circumstances of life and considering what best represented the changing form. Ice that begins in a liquid state, has been pressed into a solid form, returns to liquid enmeshed with those surrounding and reflecting back its earlier state, is absorbed again into Spirit, still present.

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