Born at a very young age, collage artist Shari Jenins Schmit 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: see what was on TV, 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, door knobs (you name it, she's scanned it!) Shari began digitally formatting collage art designs.
In recent years, she has professionally printed her designs on canvas and has them gallery wrapped, after which time she embellishes each piece with acrylics and pastels. Shari's love of cowgirls is a prevalent theme in her art, as is her appreciation of history. And her tragic sense of humor. In addition to her fine art, Shari's designs can be found on Leanin' Tree greeting cards, mugs and magnets in nearly 50,000 retail stores across the United States.
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