Sherrod Blankner headshot
About

I'm a landscape painter who works in oil and watercolor. I paint scenes close to my experience, whether the subject is factories in San Francisco or sunsets on Lake Michigan.

Statement

One way to describe what I'm trying to express in my paintings is empathy for the landscape. I grow deeply attached to familiar settings and have a hard time letting go of a beloved place. For example, every time I drive down Cedar Street to my studio, I feel a wave of affection for the empty gas station, the chunky fire department trials building, the humming Peet's Coffee shop, and the undiscovered biotech building where I always find a parking space.

I go out of my way to avoid ugly driving routes, but at the same time, I'm fascinated by the sometime charm of beaten down urban scenes. I paint both lyrical rural vistas and burned out cityscapes to show the feelings that both can evoke. Buildings, an extension of human vision and effort, can exude human emotions — elegance, sadness, fatigue, strength, pride and more.

Whatever they might say about why they paint, I believe many artists simply paint because they love working with the materials. For me, the emotional reward of painting also is tied to the physical pleasure of choosing, mixing, testing and applying paint. Recently, I bought a $100 brush. The lush quality of that brush cannot be exaggerated. When I reach for that favorite brush to paint a scene that I've come to care for, well, that's the crux of my painting experience.

One viewer looked at my paintings and said “There is sorrow in every piece.” Recently, I learned there is a Japanese idiom for what I'm trying to express— mono no aware. As the wikipedia explains, “This can be translated as ‘an empathy toward things’... both a transient gentle sadness at their passing as well as a longer, deeper gentle sadness about this state being the reality of life.” If you experience such a feeling in my paintings, then I have succeeded.

Sherrod Blankner painting at 4th Street Fine Art.

Sherrod is a dependable and hardworking artist who is quite dedicated to her craft and creativity. She is well loved and appreciated by the art community we share.

Michael Sacramento

Painter

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2022 I Feel Fine
Fourth Street Fine Art
Berkeley, California
2022 Embrace
Fourth Street Fine Art
Berkeley, California
2021 Locally Made
Fourth Street Fine Art
Berkeley, California
2021 Basically Black & White
Fourth Street Fine Art
Berkeley, California
2020 Home is Where the Art Is
Fourth Street Fine Art
Berkeley, California
2019 Tales From the UnderBelly
Fourth Street Fine Art
Berkeley, California
2018 Wish You Were Here
Fourth Street Fine Art
Berkeley, California
2017 Where the Wild Things Are
Fourth Street Fine Art
Berkeley, California
2016 53rd Annual Nor-Cal Regional Juried Art Show
Fairfield-Suisun City Visual Arts Association
Fairfield, California
2016 Contemplating the Future
Fourth Street Fine Art
Berkeley, California
2014 Known Associates
Berkeley Art Center
Berkeley, California
2014 Mixed Up Media, 1030 Art Group
Subterranean Arthouse
Berkeley, California
2013 City Live
PopUp Gallery
Alameda, California
2012 Alameda Air Station Landscapes
Collector Art Shop
Berkeley, California