Today we’d like to introduce you to Sheri Herbert.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Sheri. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I have always worked in a creative field. In the late 60’s I took art classes from several local artists mostly as a hobby. I wanted to learn to take better photographs so I could paint them so I enrolled in a photograph class at our local college. I loved photography so much that I ended up getting an associate’s degree and worked as an environmental portrait photographer for about 7 years. I moved to Dallas and wasn’t sure what I would do but knew if there wasn’t a job for me then I would create one. I was visiting a friend who worked at the World Trade Center and had hired a Visual Merchandising person to do his showroom windows. I thought to myself I can do that so I started a new business decorating windows and showrooms at the DTM. That lasted for about 14 years.
I moved to Houston and a few months later I went to a showcase home tour and saw that all the homes had faux finishing in them, once again I thought I could do that. So I took a class and started a business faux finishing new constructed homes. I was in high demand as I created finishes using my art background. I did faux finishing for about 12 years until I needed both my knees replaced and no longer felt safe on ladders. I started working for my designers doing decorative painting on furniture and eventually started teaching faux finishing along with art classes.
Today I have an art studio in Rosenberg and have been teaching art classes for about 12 years. I truly believe that when one door closes another one opens. My daddy once told me that if I could find something I loved to do I would never work a day in my life, I guess if that is true I can honestly say I have never worked. When I am not teaching classes you can always find me with a paint brush in my hand in front of an easel. My hobby is my work and I am truly blessed to be doing something I love and getting paid to do it.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
You never have everything go smoothly but the bad days are better than most jobs best days.
Artistic Endeavors – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I started Artistic Endeavors 12 years ago and I keep my classes small so that everyone gets some individual attention. I don’t draw so I teach a method of painting that you don’t need to know how to draw. Every student works at their own pace in creative and fun atmosphere.
What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
When I see one of my students sell one of their paintings. I am so proud of how far they have come.
- Monthly Classes are $150
- Try It Out Class $120, all supplies included
- 3 hours per week.