Sherry Salari Sander Biography
Sculptor Sherry Salari Sander spends much of her time studying her subjects in their natural habitats. The artist resides in the Montana countryside near Kalispell, surrounded by a 100-acre wildlife preserve, which is the setting for her home and studio. She draws much inspiration from the variety of animals that regularly seek protection there as well as from extensive travel and field research in Alaska, Canada, Africa, Japan, Spain, Italy and the Caribbean. Although she shoots photographs as reference, Ms. Sander uses the pictures only to stimulate her memory as she begins the preliminary design for her loose, impressionistic pieces. "I want to capture the essence and vitality of the animal while still leaving some things unsaid," she remarks. "I want people to look at my sculpture and see for themselves." Through her work, Ms. Sander also hopes to foster an appreciation for declining wildlife populations and the need to preserve their habitats.
Ms. Sander's work is widely collected, and she has received numerous honors from her peers. She was selected to participate in the National Sculpture Society's landmark millennium exhibition "Masterworks of American Sculpture: 1875-1999," and she has received awards from the National Sculpture Society, the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Allied Artists of America, the Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, the Society of Animal Artist, the Knickerbocker Artists Club, and the C.M. Russell Museum. Her work has been represented by Chaparral since 1998.
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