Shakti Sarkin was born in Ohio, received her BFA with a Painting and Sculpture focus, at Kent State University, and lived in Los Angeles, England and South Africa, before residing in 78704 for the past 27 years. Before her children went off to college, she worked small-scale on her dining room table using soft pastels. Since then, with encouragement from her husband, she took over her home's large front room for her studio where she paints larger canvases in oils, watercolors and acrylics. Shakti also creates metal sculptures by welding steel rod and affixing painted bark to them. Shakti's artworks encompass figurative work, landscapes and abstracts.
Shakti has exhibited in Austin, Georgetown, Round Rock and Dallas, and has had many solo exhibits. She has won several art competitions, had one of her paintings appear on a nationally distributed magazine cover, and receives many commissions to paint murals, portraits, landscapes and sculptures.
Shakti says, "My art is about heart, evoking feelings, the appreciation of all life, and vibrancy through color."
I create sculptural works from what nature sheds: twigs, bark and leaves. The shapes are memorialized by affixing them, painted and/or unpainted, to steel rod shapes that I have welded, or by coiling wire around them. My abstract paintings can be hung in varying orientations and partner well with my sculptures as both mirror the movements of organic life. No trees are harmed in the making of my art.
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