Sherry Strickland Martin, and Horry County native, has returned to her roots. Her medium, watercolor, continues to present her with ever-changing technical challenges while, simultaneously, inspiring her with its luminosity and reflective quality. Indeed, what first draws Martin to paint what she sees around her is directional sunlight as it streams through and around a scene, creating patterns, changes in hues and rhythms of light and shadow. The Lowcountry of South Carolina inspires the artist’s representational subject matter daily, so much so that she rarely paints anything outside of it.
Roots Run Deep is an exhibition of Martin’s traditional watercolors and mixed media works that speak to her return to painting what nurtures her soul: that salt air, that plough mud and the sweet smell of oyster beds that line South Carolina’s beautiful coast. For Martin, this precious place never leaves you, no matter where you go. It always brings you home, where roots run deep.