Few artists know from childhood where their life and career will take them. Such is not the case with Plein Air and Wildlife artist Syri Hall. Syri was introduced to Sedona by way of weekend family getaways from Phoenix at the tender age of one year. One of the many family hobbies that the family engaged in at their bungalow at Indian Gardens in Oak Creek Canyon was paint-by-number kits. Hall’s first attempt at oil was painting two red roses at seven years old. Although she would not think seriously of painting until her early teens, painting was forever on her mind along with making the beautiful red rocks of Sedona her permanent home.
While attending Arizona State University, Hall switched her studies from business and anthropology to art, spending all day at art school for her last two years of college. Upon graduation with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in painting and drawing, Syri married her college sweetheart and moved permanently to the Southwest. Landing a job at a local bronze foundry and taking numerous art classes from Sedona Arts Center became a priority to further improve her skills. Painting, drawing and now sculpture had become her focus.
Plein Air painting has been one of Syri’s interests for the last several years. Recreating the mass, the unusual multi-colors of the red rocks in Sedona, the play of light, shadows and bold compositions on canvas have been her challenge, but are all integral parts of her designs. Painting and sculpting wildlife is another one of her great loves.
Syri’s work has been featured in galleries all over the state of Arizona, as well as Jackson Hole, Washington, D.C., and Colorado Springs. Recently, she painted in the Slide Rock Paint Out and the L’auberge Resort Paint Out; participated in the Sedona Plein Air Festival, and had an installation of 25 oil paintings at the Sedona City Hall. Most recently she is an artist-in residence at the L’Auberge de Sedona Resort for Goldenstein Gallery.
Syri says of her art, “Happiness for me is living, painting, and sculpting in the beautiful red rocks of Sedona, truly one of Mother Nature crowning achievements.”