sherrie wolf was born in portland, oregon in 1952 where she resides and paints today. she studied art at the chelsea college of art, london, england earning a ma in printmaking. wolf went on to receive a bfa in painting at the museum art school, pacific northwest college of art. she uses the classic paintings by old masters as a backdrop for her own still life compositions. sherrie arranges fresh fruit and flowers in the foreground and allows the older paintings to hover behind. "I have always been a still-life painter. my images openly play with the fact that art is artifice. in recent years, i have arranged objects in front of excerpts from old master paintings. earlier in my career, while imitating 19th century american trompe l’oil and 17th century dutch still-life traditions in subject matter and formal elements of composition, i explored contrived or discovered relationships between seemingly unrelated objects. mirrors or other formal objects often reflected the contemporary clutter of my studio. light, shadow and three-dimensional spatial relationships played important roles, and i often used nontraditional perspectives, such as looking straight down on the still life arrangement. a mong the subject matter, there would be an open book or a card portraying an image from a historical painting. in time, these excerpts became more prominent, and eventually i filled the entire background with a quotation from an old master painting. this connected me to a history of reinterpretation and artistic borrowing prevalent among artists. my images have evolved from a love of art history and a desire to present multiple levels of expression to my viewer."