A Christian Artist by the grace of God, Shari Finney specializes in traditional and realistic Fine Art Portraiture and Paintings. With a love for God’s creation, this Pennsylvania Artist is provided with endless ideas and models for her pencil and paintbrush.
Having returned to painting after taking an important hiatus to raise her family, this Artist of Faith desires to express the truth, joy and value of each life and the significance of relationships; relationship with God, relationship with family, and relationship with others. With an eye for detail and the human expression, her attention to light, color, and design all combine to draw viewers into contemplating their Maker, the Creator of every life.
As a Traditional Fine Artist with a focus on portraiture and still life in a realistic style, she works in a variety of mediums including conte, pastel, pencil, oil, and watercolor. Capturing the beautiful colors of life in a variety of mediums, the goal of this Christian Artist is to use the gifts and talents God has given her to express and communicate the truth about God and His creation and reflect His beauty, light, and glory.
Shari Finney, a 2011 Paint America Mini Top 50 Artist and a 2010 Paint America Top 100 Artist, exhibits nationally and regionally, and teaches in western PA where she has won various awards including several Best of Shows. An alumna of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh alumna and former commercial artist, Shari now paints commissioned Fine Art Portraits of children and adults and provides quality artwork that is also affordable. A Signature Member of The Pittsburgh Pastel Artists League, her work is found in private collections, the Fine Art Sales Gallery of The Butler Institute of American Art, and Amica of Ligonier.
“It cost more to redeem us than to make us. In the one there was only the speaking of a word (Psalm148:5);in the other, the shedding of blood (Hebrews 9:22). The creation was the work of God’s fingers (Psalm 8:3); redemption, the work of His arm (Isaiah 40:11). In creation God gave us ourselves; in redemption He gives us Himself.” Thomas Watson
“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8
A Note From The Artist:
Welcome to my website. What beauty and grace surround us each day and how thankful I am
to observe, study and reflect in such a small way His creativity and glory.
To study and capture on canvas the life of a soul, the beauty and light of a subject, and
the details and order of His creation brings such joy and delight.
Using the gifts and talents He has given me, I find myself surrounded with endless ideas
and models for my pencil and paintbrush. Enjoying drawing portraits from a young age,
George Washington and Abe Lincoln were among some of my favorites and a portrait ofmy mother with her blue eyes captured my first award in a special Mother’s Day Contest.
It was an honor for my recent exhibit“Shades of the Soul”to be hosted by
Grove City College during the month of March at the Pew Fine Arts Center Gallery.
Working with Kathy Rhoades, the Gallery Director, and her students was a great blessing.
This exhibit included portraits, drawings and paintings in several
mediums. Pastels, oils, and watercolors were displayed as well as drawings in
conte and pencil.
Great inspiration for this exhibit was found in Psalm 139:14 , “I will
praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are thy works;
and that my soul knoweth right well.” Fashioned by our Creator, each soul, each
life is of intrinsic value; and each has a particular story to tell. It is a
great joy and encouragement to share accounts of God at work in someone’s life.
He surrounds us daily with His great grace and mercy. To convey His
truth, His beauty, His light and His creation in even just a small way is a
To use the gifts and talents that He bestows upon us brings great joy.
Enjoy all the gifts He has given you today.
Check out the Behind the Artwork to find the details behind some of the