A warm welcome to our newest member Shariyah Garner who hails from far away from most of us across the seas in New Zealand.
I for one was thrilled to bits when Shariyah applied to be a part of our team. I've been following her blog for some time and take such inspiration from her wonderful portraits. Join me in getting lost in the meaning behind those faces - their eyes seem to swallow you up and hold you captive until you've heard their story.
Her talents don't stop there my friends... You have to see her amazing recycled jewellery featuring her artworks.
As another Frida fan, she'll no doubt get along just swell with Lisa from Priti Studios!
Shariyah was born into a family of artists. Rather than attending fine art schools, her childhood was spent drawing and painting with her 5 sisters in the hills of Tennessee and the mountains of Montana. Shariyah has since moved to New Zealand and now resides on Waiheke Island, reknowned for its natural beauty as well as its abundance of talented artists. Here she spends most of each day painting and creating in her studio. Shariyah's work can be found in various exhibits and galleries as well as online. Her most recent work explores mixed media portraits, with a reniassance-like feel that embodies a spiritual or expressive essence.