Artist Interview: Shari Bove

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What are your ear­li­est mem­o­ries relat­ed to art?
 At eight or nine years of age I want­ed to take art class­es but did­n’t want to do it alone. I made my younger sis­ter tag along with me! I found out I had some tal­ent, and decid­ed to keep trying.
How and when did you start becom­ing an artist yourself?
 Dur­ing high school, art teach­ers encour­aged me to con­tin­ue to devel­op my skills. I ulti­mate­ly decid­ed to pur­sue a career in art and select­ed a lib­er­al arts col­lege to obtain my under­grad­u­ate degree in graph­ic design.
What was the evo­lu­tion like toward find­ing your cur­rent voice and visu­al vocabulary?
 My work grad­u­al­ly evolved into pas­tel as my cho­sen medi­um, and as I appre­ci­ate detail…wildlife pieces showed them­selves to be a per­fect fit to share my voice. I con­tin­ue to refine my tech­nique to add real­ism in order to bring my sub­jects to life.
What is your process like?
 I spend a great deal of time dis­cov­er­ing inspi­ra­tion in wildlife pho­tographs, and recent­ly have begun cap­tur­ing some of my own pho­tos to inte­grate into my com­po­si­tions. I inte­grate mul­ti­ple images to cre­ate a fin­ished piece that has the right bal­ance, and also try to insure that the back­grounds, foliage, and fea­tured ani­mals would exist togeth­er in nature.
Is there any­thing from your artist state­ment that you wish to expound on, that you nor­mal­ly don’t have the chance to discuss?
 Not real­ly.
What do you try to con­trol in your sur­faces, and what do you leave to chance?
 In real­ism my goal is to leave as lit­tle to chance as pos­si­ble, so if any­thing I try to elim­i­nate variables.
Where do you see your work going from here?
 I strive to con­tin­ue to improve my skillset and enjoy the process immensely!