Born at a very young age, collage artist Shari Jenkins was kidnapped by coyotes and raised on a ranch near the Bear Paw Mountains southeast of Big Sandy, Montana.
At the age of 50 and still undecided as to what she wanted to be when she grew up, she realized a decision of some sort was necessary: have a mid-life crisis or do something creative. She chose the latter.
Combining her collection of antique photos with vintage ephemera, buttons, flowers, leaves, barbed wire, fabric, bullets, maps, doorknobs (you name it, she’s scanned it!), Shari began digitally formatting collage art designs, many of which have more than 100 elements or layers!
Shari's love of cowgirls is a prevalent theme in her work, as is her great appreciation of Western history… and her often times unconventional sense of humor. Each piece of her art contains a message for the viewer, sometimes rather obvious – and sometimes not!
Shari is “a self-taught artist with a good eye.” Her journey to create has taken some interesting twists and turns… but don’t take our word for it. Check. Out. Her. Art!
Barbed wire and vintage petticoats, buttons and flowers, maps and fabric, chances are Shari Jenkins has collected it, scanned it, and used it to create her wildly original artwork. Throw in a love of Western history and motifs, a wicked sense of humor, and a woman’s perspective, and you’ve got Lipstick Cowgirls.
Shari’s debut collection features collage images reproduced on a panel, and prints drawn from the layers of her artwork. Take inspiration from the mixing of elements and use these prints for quilts, garments and accessories.
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Round Up Quilt Kit - Lipstick Cowgirl - 81.5" x 81.5"