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Meet Sheridan Keglovits

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sheridan Keglovits.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I was born and raised in Irving, Texas. As the middle child of five, I realized early on that I expressed myself differently, from the way my siblings did. Growing up, art was always a way for me to stand out in the crowd. I remember having a strong connection with art, and it has always been a big part of who I am. When I was very young, I loved to draw nature.

My large fascination with nature and being an avid nature show lover, helped to inspire many of my early drawings as a child. I enjoyed drawing all types of animals (including dinosaurs) and plant life. I also enjoyed drawing comics – I would look at the style, line, and color more than the actual words of the story, and would even create my own.

Throughout those early years, believe it or not, I did not have an art teacher. It was not until high school at Bishop Dunne Catholic School in Oak Cliff that I had my first art class. In high school, I focused more on people and our influences on each other. Little did I know that this is where I would meet my future wife.

I then went on to study at Northlake College. Although I began to focus on my future, and what I was going to become, I had to have my artistic outlet. I took many classes under the very wonderful and talented Bob Nunn. I appreciated having the studio time, and Bob made sure to encourage me to take my work a step further in concept, technique, and execution. My work began to unfold many layers of meaning that revealed themselves the longer the viewer observed it.

It was not until about 2012 that I started showing my work. Although I had previously joined the workforce, sharing my artwork with the community was much more satisfying. I began to exhibit around DFW at galleries and associations like the Doss Heritage and Cultural Center, Irving Arts Center, Texas Visual Arts Association, Desoto Art League, Irving Arts Association, Central Arts of Bedford, and Trinity Arts Guild. In many cases, I have received awards of excellence in oil, portraiture, and plein air. I have also donated artwork to local schools and churches.

Fast forward many years later, and now I find myself very happy in the art teacher role for Holy Family Catholic Academy in Irving. After becoming more involved with the community, I decided to leave my grueling yet secure retail position, and become an art teacher. It has been a very fulfilling experience for the last five years and truly rewarding to inspire today’s young artists. I even had the opportunity to teach at my elementary and high school for a short time before my current position.

Although most of my artwork takes weeks to complete, my most recent award was for winning the ArtBattle Texas Championship which is a live painting competition. In addition, I have participated in pop up galleries including those in Bishop Arts, and Deep Ellum. I enjoy these events for the wide range audience that comes streaming by, and for the camaraderie among other talented artists.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Life as an artist is not easy. Balancing my life as an artist with being married, raising three children, and teaching, has its challenges, but often times they are my greatest source for inspiration to keep creating new work. Having a passion for art, and pursuing it by contributing to society, rather than taking away from it, provides a good example for my family and the children I teach.

We’d love to hear more about what you do.
I am an artist who creates fine art paintings, portraits, murals, and custom designs. I specialize in large paintings with bold color, energy, and movement. Although I am becoming more recently known for my live painting, I feel I have already established a recognizable style for some time now. Being able to maintain a positive professional and home life, all while staying active in the art community is what I am most proud of.

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
My wife deserves a lot of credit because she has greatly encouraged me throughout the years. She allows me to have painting time, even in a house with three children in it (they are my biggest fans by the way). I also appreciate the support from my immediate and extended family members, as well as my in-laws who have supported me through the years.

My students, principals, and coworkers have definitely cheered me on through everything, and keep me energized. Other artists in the community have played a big role in my life too – being surrounded by people with the same passion as mine keeps me going.

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Image Credit:
Ashley Oliver, Art Battle

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