Painting and Peace

Categories: 2022 September-October Issue, Harrington, Sherry, Oil, and Portrait.

Sherry Harrington has a strong affection for Texas, where she was born, raised, and continues to live. Vast fields of Texas Bluebonnets or cowboys herding cattle, however, are not the subjects of her paintings. She much prefers to fill her canvases with portraits of beautiful Native American women and children.

“I have always loved people, but I am especially drawn to depicting members of the tribes in the desert Southwest—the Navajo, Apache, Cheyenne, and Sioux to name but a few,” Harrington says. “Perhaps this is due in part to the fact that my paternal grandmother was half-American Indian. Even as a child, I was fascinated by her striking features.”

Other members of Harrington’s extended family also influenced her and her interest in art. Her aunt and uncle ran a gallery that specialized in the sale of 19th and 20th century paintings, and hanging from their walls were artworks that included original paintings by Grandma Moses and Norman Rockwell.

Read the full article in the September/October 2022 issue.

My Lamb

11″ by 14″

“This is Shawna’s daughter, first of the second generation of my favorite Navajo family. She is so sweet and innocent of life around her.”

Blue Umbrella

20″ by 16″

“Audrey poses up in the canyon with her mother’s umbrella. I had brought one of my own but was drawn to use this blue one.”