Artist-In-Residence for a North Carolina Wildlife and Nature Park,
Sherrie Rosche's oil paintings reflect the inspiration that those
exotic creatures have given to her.
Since she was young, animals have been a central part of her life and
now they have taken center stage both in her daily life and in her
work is powerful, full of robust colors and striking impact...built
around action and still moments of the exotic animals that fill her
life. When looking at the work, the viewer feels the spirit and
force that these creatures have shared with her.
Having spent many years as an oil portrait painter of humans, dog
portraits, seascapes and landscapes, she realistically gathers her
experience of style, medium, studies of the Master's, colors and
form, to flower in this environment of rare creatures.
Working in cycles, the portraits of wild animals keep returning to her
created world through drawings and oil paintings.
"The eyes follow me, everywhere!" is often heard when someone
sees her works of tigers and lions in the Big Cat series.
Sherrie Hill-Rosche studied art at several very fine
schools in the Midwest (Antioch College and The Dayton Art
Institute) and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with honors
from Rutgers University. She studied privately for two years
with master oil painters of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in
Her works are in private and public collections around the country and
she has had several one-woman shows in Philadelphia, New Jersey and
New York City. Sherrie’s monumental mural works done in the
late 1970’s are scattered about in various institutions, halls and
buildings throughout the state of New Jersey. Her 30 ft.
mural, done with fellow artist, Helen Megahan, for the N.J. State
Cultural and Heritage Commission's "Art for Public Places" has been
considered a masterpiece by the noted art critic David Place Bryant
who said: "The work connects directly to the soul, the heart, and
heals the mind."
No stranger to portraiture work, she was
commissioned to do the portrait of the Congressman of the State of
New Jersey, James Florio, portraits of Ronald Reagan and Bill
Clinton, as well as noted celebrities in the music field. She
also has had her work published in "The Quintessence Magazine",
Rutgers University Press, Guru Publications, Next Generation
Publishing and The Aura Care Institute. Presently she is
working on her own book of drawings and paintings to be released in
September of 2021, as well as portrait commissions.
She has given workshops on the Arts for many private and public
organizations throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey and North and taught
drawing to both children and adults at the Gloucester County Parks
and Recreations, Gloucester County College, as well as critiqued
artists and managed the large Art Collection for the Cultural and
Heritage Commission of New Jersey.
Formal portraiture was always her forte. After many
years in the center of the art world, she has moved to her secluded
country home in North Carolina where she has become
well known for her portraits of wild animals and endangered species.
Designated the Artist-In-Residence for a Zoo and Nature Park in
North Carolina's Triangle, she has had the privilege of studying the
nature of many exotic creatures, which has flowered into a series of
Wildlife Paintings for the past several years.
In addition to her work on The Living World of Art,
Sherrie is presently working on oil paintings featuring historical
sites and landscapes of North Carolina.
After rearing two really
extraordinary kids into
Professionals with their own family,
homes and lives, she is working full time painting and teaching drawing in North Carolina with her various pets and exotic animals.
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