Lolly Shera

Lolly Shera grew up exploring the wilds of the Pacific Northwest. She adopted an early
reverence for nature and began drawing and painting landscapes as a child. Ms. Shera
is descended from noted Pacific Northwest artist, Thomas Scofield Handforth,
(1897-1948), an award-winning illustrator, lithographer and author. Handforth’s mythical work has influenced her paintings today.
Ms. Shera’s contemporary landscape work is an alchemy of mood, light and color. She
creates luminous, atmospheric paintings using thin, transparent glazes in oil. Inspired
by the American Tonalism movement, Ms. Shera uses her field sketches and her
memory of nature to create works that represent a sense of place with a living emotion.
She received formal art training in figurative, still life and landscape painting, and has
studied with some of America’s leading contemporary artists, including: Robert
Liberace, David Leffel and Scott Christensen.
Ms. Shera has received numerous awards, including Best of Show at the 2015 “West of
the Mississippi” juried show at the Clymer Museum in Ellensburg, WA. In 2023, Ms.
Shera received the People’s Choice award at the Plein Air Washington Artists’ Winter
Exhibition, at Cole Gallery, Edmonds, WA. Her works are published in the best-selling
technique book, Essential Techniques of Landscape Drawing, (Watson-Guptill) and in
The History of the Deschutes Club. Ms. Shera is a member of Oil Painters of America,
and she is an artist member of the historic Salmagundi Club in New York City. Her
work may be found in private collections across the country. She resides with her
family in western Washington.
Lolly Shera