Sherrie has been painting waterfowl since 1982 and has participated in the PFDA festival since 1983. Although she has had her waterfowl images selected for about 35 state duck stamps, the highlight for her was the Ross’ Goose which was selected by a Board of Judges for the 2006-07 Federal Duck Stamp.
“I look at my paintings as windows of the world, which transports you somewhere else you would rather be and allows you to connect with the wildlife you love.” Steele resides in Yreka, California in an area that provides unlimited access to observing and painting wildlife. He enjoys participating in the annual Audubon bird count in Shasta Valley every year as well as an occasional hunting trip. His paintings can be found in galleries and private collections across the United States. Follow him on Facebook.
“Growing up, I took snapshots with my old Kodak Brownie camera. In 1969 I bought my first real camera. I had a cousin that was stationed in Guam and was rotating home. Paul picked me up a Pentax Spotmatic 35mm camera, with a 50mm and a 135mm lens. I took various classes in photography over the years but the cost of film and developing reduced my picture taking and eventually my camera was put into the closet.
In 2003 I bought my first digital camera, a Canon G5. With this camera my interest and love of photography began to flourish again. When I retired in 2006, I decided that it was time to step up to a digital SLR camera, a Canon 30D.
Since then, I decided that to be the best photographer that I can, I needed to go back to the basics and I went to Delta College and took all of their film and digital classes. After I exhausted Delta’s photography classes, I took several digital classes at Consumes River College. Along with my college work, I have taken many workshops from professional photographers. I am also a member of the Stockton Camera Club and the San Joaquin Valley Council of Camera Clubs. I have learned much from them.
I am constantly striving to become a better photographer. Each photograph offers its own unique challenge, to be used as a learning opportunity. I have found that one of the secrets to better photography is not to listen to your friends and family but to get an unbiased critic and to learn what you did right and what you could have done to make it better.