Neil Sherman's work: All Work

Neil Sherman

  What I strive to capture in my paintings is the feeling of a particular day.  Each day is different, especially on the north shore of Lake Superior where, often, every couple of hours can be different.  Those days or hours may never be repeated again, so capturing the essence is important so that people who have known those days and hours can remember and others who have not known can be transported there via the painting.

  My particular method of painting has roots that date back to the Impressionist ere.  American painter Frank Vincent DuMond studied painting if France in the late 1890’s and early 1900’s and then taught painting at the Arts Students League in New York City.  He developed a palette that has become affectionately known as the “prismatic palette“ which is geared toward allowing subtle control of color and value in a landscape.  This palette has been passed down through such painters as Arthur Maynard, John Phillip Osborne and Joe Paquet, who in turn taught it to me.

A majority of my works are painted on location and, if needed, are “tweaked” back in the studio.  Tweaking involves making adjustments to different aspects of the painting such as color, value, shape, tone etc. or adding small elements that further engage the viewer beyond the initial impact of the painting.   Often, one of those paintings will used to create a larger studio painting.

   Painting the Superior Hiking Trail

In the spring of 2011 I decided to hike the entire Superior Hiking Trail, a section at a time, and do paintings of it along the way.  The Superior Hiking Trail is a 277-mile trail that follows the North Shore of Lake Superior from Duluth, Minnesota to the Canadian border.

Admittedly, my original goals for this project were just for me: to create some interest in my paintings and to do some camping. Then I read an interview about a friend of mine who has been kayaking along Lakes Michigan, Huron and Superior and he was commenting on the massive development along most of the shorelines. He commented that if you can get people to take an interest in a particular area then they are more likely to take care of it. I like that concept.

 I still want to create some buzz around my paintings and get some camping done but I'd also like to make people aware of the beauty of the Superior Hiking Trail and the North Shore and the beauty in just plain old hiking (get off your tuckus)!