About Me

I am so happy you are here….

It is said that learning is an essential part of our existence and that art is a universal language. With more than 30 years as a creative pro, I wanted to offer inspiration to others who want to grow as artists. I started this Learn and Create platform as a way of building a community with those who want to learn and express themselves with skill and imagination. My hope is for you and me to become better acquainted with each step forward on this new journey.

My Story

I have worked as a commercial photographer for most of my life, offering my services for ad campaigns, magazines, marketing companies, and independent businesses. I have created all kinds of professional imagery for my clients- people, lifestyle, travel, culture, architecture, and product photography are just a few.

Outside of commercial work I find the most satisfying part of creativity is in being an artist, a writer, and an educator. When I produce personal stories, fine art imagery, and other items such as jewelry, mixed media assemblage, and decor.

For years I have mentored young adults, offered consultations, taught workshops, and even headed a travel abroad class in Ecuador for students wanting to learn about travel photography. My experience as an educator started at Daytona State College more than 25 years ago when I was asked to teach a pilot ASMP (American Society of Media Photographers) business course. As an ASMP member for more than 25 years, my involvement included holding volunteer positions as newsletter editor, Vice- President, and President in both the Orlando, Florida, and Nashville, Tennessee chapters.

For 10 years, I enjoyed teaching photography, marketing, and business courses as an adjunct instructor at Nossi College of Art. In 2010 I founded a Nashville nonprofit flood relief art project called “ReTune Nashville” that provided relief to uninsured musicians in the industry through the sale of artwork created from flood-damaged musical gear.

My life has always centered around creativity and helping others. The ability to inspire and teach through creativity is something I am passionate about so I wanted to build an online platform that allows me to share my 30+ years of knowledge with others. As I grow this site there will be free and paid content, courses, inspiring interviews with other successful creators, and helpful resources available.

I hope that you will follow along as I navigate this journey and I look forward to helping you learn something new while getting to know you. 

*If you would like to learn more about my work here are some other sites you can explore, Inspiration Avenue, SOP, and Thinking Diva.

Commercial photographer Sheri Oneal working behind the scenes
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