SHERRIE MCGRAW (1954-)
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Sherrie McGraw (1954-)
Sherrie McGraw was born in 1954 in Kansas, but spent most of her childhood in Oklahoma. She attended Chickasha, a liberal arts college, and then Central State University in Edmond, Oklahoma where she studied art.
She had natural talent, but it needed refining. She then took three years of private lessons from Richard Goetz, well known Oklahoma figure and still life painter, and this helped her grow exponentially. He and his wife Edith used to live in New York, and encouraged her to go to the Art Students League in New York.
While she was there she developed a strong relationship with David Leffel who influenced her work greatly. She developed a unique style and left school after two and a half years, because her art was doing well.
After 15 years of living in New York, working, exhibiting, and teaching, she became tired of the pace of the city and decided to find a quieter place to live. She settled in Taos, New Mexico in 1992, where her studio (formerly that of John Young-Hunter) has stunning views of the foothills and Sangre de Cristo Mountains. She is still active in New Mexico, as well as teaching workshops around the country.
Biography adapted from multiple sources.