Inspired by history, literature, and imagination, Shroyer paints images "full of energy" and reminiscent of the work of deKooning, Diebenkorn, and Picasso according to art critics. Color, line, and form may take off in new directions, but there is always the same passion of soul onto the canvas.
Charlotte Shroyer chanced upon art in a class requirement for elementary education certification at The Ohio State University. In spite of her love for French and a B.A. in French, the degree did not prepare her to make a living so she became an elementary teacher. It was in that program that the seed to become an artist was planted. After more than 20 years in education including a Ph.D. in language and learning disorders and many years of adjunct art classes at major universities, the "art seed" sprouted on a serendipitous trip to Taos, New Mexico and Shroyer became a professional artist.
Shroyer is inspired by history, literature, and imagination. She states: “Many of the figures appear on my canvas as if demanding to be seen and to have their stories told in our contemporary society. I only comply with their demands as I push colors and forms around their emerging images. There is no denying them their voices as they appear from somewhere deep in the unconscious.”
Shroyer has received numerous national and international awards for her abstract and contemporary figurative oils and monotypes. The American Juried Art Salon comprised of museum curators and directors named her as one of its Emerging International Contemporary Artists. Other awards include Outstanding Award for Recognition of Artistic Value, Bologna, Italy; 2nd Place, Graphics, 87th Annual International Juried Competition, Harrisburg, PA,; First Place, Top Ten International Women in the Arts, Rome, Italy; Awards of Merit from Manhattan Arts International and Richeson contests in Portraiture, Still Life and Abstract; Honorary Diploma, Berliner Art Prize, Berlin, Germany, First place, mixed media, “Figuratively Speaking,” Art Association of Harrisburg, PA; First place, “Subjective,” Women’s Caucus for Art, New York City.
In addition to her fine art ventures, Shroyer is also a textile artist and a published author winning an award out of San Francisco for Best Feature Article.
This review was published by Circle Foundation for the Arts © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist