By Paula Pennell
“If my father’d had his way, I would have been a professional athlete or outdoorsman,” says artist Lisa Sheirer. Growing up in far Western Maryland, Sheirer was encouraged by family to pursue an outdoor life…shooting guns, playing sports. “I did those things, but it was time spent with my grandmother that really made me want to make things. Back then there weren’t many art influences in remote Western Maryland,“ she says. How ironic that two of her greatest creative influences — nature and the music of Appalachia — stem from her Western Maryland roots. Sheirer still travels frequently past Cumberland to photograph Finzel Swamp and work in her Frostburg studio that was her mother’s house.
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