Sherrie Russell Meline has been a professional artist since
the mid-l970s. She has always been interested in art and her talent has been apparent and acknowledged since early childhood.
Born in Madison, Wisconsin, Sherrie attended high school in Tokyo, Japan, and in 1972 she graduated with honors in fine art from the University of Wisconsin Madison. Her professional career began in San Jose, California in 1974 when she applied her unique painting style to laminated wood sculpture. Although a decoy collector since her college days, Sherrie's interest in waterfowl was not expressed in her work until after she moved to Mount Shasta, California in 1980.
Northern California provides an abundant resource of material for Sherrie's paintings. She feels that observing and photographing waterfowl in both their native and captive environments are essential for establishing proper bird attitudes.
The additional use of mounts and study skins provide the source for the fine feather detail also evident in Sherrie's work.
The paintings are an acrylic wash delicately applied layer by layer from a self-mixed palette. An the colors are mixed from combinations of red, yellow, blue, black and white. By utilizing the vignette style, Sherrie is able not only to capture the markings and characteristics of a species, but also the personality of a particular bird.
Since 1982, Sherrie has been a member of the Pacific Flyway Decoy Association and has served on the Board of Directors since 1986. In 1990, Ducks Unlimited appointed her as Honorary National Trustee. She is a sponsor member of Ducks Unlimited and a life member of California Waterfowl Association.