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Jeri Sparks


I never went to art school.


I used to say that I couldn’t draw a stick person if my life depended on it. Then, in 2006 I decided that I wanted to learn to draw portraits...


... and the rest is history.


I asked a fellow artist if I could watch him draw, as I wanted to see if I could actually do something as spectacular as drawing a portrait. “Just draw the shapes,” he said. So I did just that. I discovered a deep love for art and have immersed myself in this glorious world of expression ever since the day I picked up my pencil and


began my first portrait.

Even though I’ve been an artist for most of my adult life, I am a teacher to the core. I truly enjoy empowering others to learn and accomplish things they never thought were possible. I have developed a love for teaching people how to use art to deal with everyday life.


I am active in the Artscapes program at


the Art Center of Burlington,


teaching adults with disabilities while also working with students on a private and semi-private level in my studio or on location.

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