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Blessed with the best of British

weather, she travelled around the

enchanting harbours and fishing

villages, painting the impossibly

blue skies, beautiful countryside and

the children on the beaches. This

experience marked the beginning of her

love of painting in a seaside setting.

movements. It was established

in the historic Porthmeor studios

in 1938, but it was when the war

broke out in 1939 and Barbara

Hepworth and Ben Nicholson

moved in that the future began

to take shape. St Ives quickly

became a key outpost for the

abstract avant-garde movement

and after the war many young,

pioneering artists gathered

in the area. The term ‘St Ives

School’ has become particularly

associated with this group of

artists which includes such

familiar names as Terry Frost

and Patrick Heron. Of course by

the time Sherree was attracted to

this area, the cast of characters

and the style of artwork had

changed, yet the spirit of the St

Ives School still remained, as it

does today, and she mined a rich

seam of knowledge, inspiration

and technical skill.

After some time, she had built up

rather an impressive portfolio of

work. Turning her considerable

talents to persuasion and promotion

this audacious and irresistible young

woman talked the head teacher of

a local private school into allowing

her to mount an exhibition on the

premises. Having borrowed the money

for framing, drinks and invitations

and invited everyone she could

think of to the show, she found

that by lunchtime she had made

enough money to repay all her

student debts, and by the end of

the day she had sold everything

and taken several commissions.

She was on her way!

In addition to the natural

environment Sherree was deeply

impressed by the artistic life

of St Ives.

The St Ives School

of Painting

is now well known

and credited as one of the UK’s

most exciting modern artistic

he first Summer

after she graduated

from art college,

Sherree moved down

to Cornwall, eager

to immerse herself

in the South-West’s

well documented

and thriving artistic

community.

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