Artist Statement

“Layers of meaning” is an expression which applies to much of my current work. Using a support of old books, music sheets, 35mm slides, vintage postcards, old black and white photos, copper and aluminium foil etc, my figurative painting attempts to extend the narrative by working in oil or watercolour on top of these reused materials. My audience is targeted to those who seek something interesting, not just something decorative. Follow me here or Instagram sherrymccourt_fineart for new work.

Selected Awards and Competitions
2016 – Winner Ruby Samadhi Gallery “Love” exhibition
Winner Gosford Council Grandma Moses Central Coast Category
Winner People’s Choice Ruby Samadhi Gallery Black and White exhibition
2015 – Selected exhibition in conjunction with the traveling Archibald Prize at Gosford Regional Gallery. “Rewritten” explored the demise of the book as print and the rise of the e reader.
“Australian Artist” magazine two page spread on my portrait collages
- Selected “Anzac Art Prize” St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital Brisbane
2014 – recipient of grant from LandCare NSW to exhibit work based on supporting our local lagoon
Invited to lead a (sold out) plein air trip to Norfolk Island
- Selected Gosford Regional annual exhibition
2013 - Plan B solo exhibition in Dec. from artist studio – nearly sold out.
2012 – Finalist with the prestigious Mortimore Prize for Realism
2012 – Sun Sand and Caravan – solo exhibition at Patonga’s Bakehouse Gallery
2011 and 2012 - Invited “Art by the Sea” Killcare
2010 - Winner Ettalong Paradiso “Most Inspirational Artist”
Runnerup People’s Choice Margaret Smith award
Selected - Gosford Art Prize
2009 - Winner Skoda Sand Sculpture
Commended Singleton Art Prize
Margaret Smith Award - Highly Commended and Commended
Parliament House - CC Watercolour Society show
Gosford City Gallery Open Tour – open studio tour with 90 people through my house. Ouch.
2008 - Winner Eckersley’s National Creative Challenge
Finalist Winsor & Newton’s Watercolour “Opera Rose” competition
Highly Commended and Commended Gosford Council’s Grandma Moses
Selected: Gosford Art Prize
2007 - Winner Open Section Umina Rotary Portrait Prize
Finalist Jasco Paint Your Mother Comp
Winner People’s Choice Margaret Smith award
2005 - Highly Commended “Fabulous Fakes” Soul of the Rose
2004 - Winner “Fabulous Fakes “Girl at the Bar at the Folies Bergere”


B.A. University of Toronto, Canada
B.Ed. University of Toronto

40cm (W) x 50cm (H)
Oil on 1959 Australian teen magazine pages with collaged 1950s South Australia Viewmaster reels.
28cm (W) x 35cm (H)
Oil on original pages from 1980s Archie comic book applied to canvas
30cm (W) x 40cm (H)
Oil on original sheet music applied to canvas and edged with paint.
50cm (W) x 50cm (H)
Oil on 1996 AFL version of Monopoly board with collaged cards.
45cm (W) x 45cm (H)
Oil painted thinly with collaged 1980s Atari manual.
35cm (W) x 45cm (H)
Oil on original 1951 letterhead from Taronga zoo applied to canvas.
50cm (W) x 60cm (H)
Oil on collaged cover and pages from 1980s Archie comic book.
25cm (W) x 35cm (H)
Oil over 1978 NRMA map of NSW and collaged/painted Viewmaster reel and envelope of the Blue Mountains.
25cm (W) x 25cm (H)
Oil on page from a 1977 Reader's Digest atlas of Australia. Applied to canvas. Ready to hang or sit on a shelf.
40cm (W) x 50cm (H)
Oil on postally used 1980s and 90s postcards applied to canvas and edged with paint.