About Syri


About SyriFew artists know from childhood where their life and career will take them.  Such is not the case of Plein Air Artist Syri Hall.  From the tender age of one year, Syri was introduced to Sedona by way of weekend family getaways from Phoenix.  As time progressed, these visits included extended stays at Indian Gardens Mobile Home Park in Oak Creek Canyon.  The family obtained a travel trailer and rented a space right on the creek.Portrait painting
The old skating rink at Indian Gardens, Slide Rock (the family had numerous times when they were the only ones there), Oak Creek, Westfork, Flagstaff (whose roads were still mostly dirt), Seven Canyons (which consisted of a few houses), and Enchantment (which was an abandoned homestead and for sale for $10,000.00), and Jerome (which might have boasted 50 inhabitants) were all haunts of the Hall family. 
One of the many hobbies of the Hall family was paint-by-number kits purchased at the Indian Gardens store.  Syri’s first attempts at oil painting at the tender age of seven were of two red roses. Syri and her horsesAlthough she would not think seriously of painting until her early teen years, painting was forever on her mind along with making Sedona her permanent home.
After spending two years at ASU trying to figure out what it was she was interested in, she switched from Business/Home Economics to Art.  It was the last year a degree in both Painting and Drawing was available.  Spending all day at the Art school for her last two years was not unusual if Syri was to graduate in her goal of four years. 
By this time her family had built a house in Sedona and every weekend and holiday was spent there from Phoenix. Upon graduation with a BFA in Painting and Drawing, Syri married her college sweetheart and moved permanently to Sedona living at the small trailer park next to the Crescent Moon Ranch.  Landing a job at a local bronze foundry and taking numerous art classes at SAC became a priority to improve her skills.  Painting, drawing, and now sculpture became her focus.  Her work was featured in galleries in Sedona, Jerome, Prescott, Wickenburg, AZ; Jackson Hole, WY; Baltimore, Maryland; and Colorado Springs, CO.Syri at the site
Syri’s focus for the last several years has been Plein Air painting in the Sedona area.  Recreating on canvas the mass, the unusual multi colors of the red rocks, the play of light and shadow, and bold compositions have been a challenge and are all integral parts of her designs.   Since living near Cathedral Rock years ago, painting at the Crescent Moon Ranch is like coming home she says and definitely one of her favorite subjects.

Recently, Syri has been accepted into the 2016 Plein Air Festival occurring in mid-October.  Her work is also available for sale on Facebook, the SAC Art Annex, and The Grasshopper Grill in Cornville, AZ.  An installation of her paintings will be on display in the Vultee Arch Room at Sedona City Hall from October through December.




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