Ashley Sheriff, daughter of Lance and Karen Sheriff, is a senior at Brentwood Academy and this week’s Student of the Week.
She is the co-founder of the Brentwood Academy Art Club and a member of the art staff for BA’s magazine, Flight.
Sheriff said that her biggest passions are creating art and sharing stories through her art to impact people’s lives. “I think everyone deserves a place to escape to and I want to be able to give them that through my art,” she said.
She is a recipient of multiple awards in the judged portion of Arts in April at BA. She was also awarded the academic award for Portfolio Development. She attended the Tennessee Governor’s School of the Arts and Ringing College of Art and Design’s Pre-college program during the last few summers.
When asked to name her favorite teacher, choosing one was simply too difficult for Sheriff. She said Ms. Miller, her college counselor, Mrs. Carmona, who teaches Media Art, and Mrs. Dunn, who teaches Standard Art, are her favorites.
“All three of them are so supportive and have always been there for me as well as never letting me give up on my dreams,” she said. “I don’t know anyone who is more kind-hearted and encouraging than them.”
Sheriff said her biggest role models is Mary Blair, one of the first leading female artists at Walt Disney Studios. “Mary Blair was a boss lady and didn’t let anyone push her around and she achieved everything she dreamed of through her hard work and incredible artistic ability,” she said. “I strive to be that committed to my craft and confident enough to earn my place in the industry.”
After graduating from BA this spring, she plans to attend Chapman University to study Animation. One day, she hopes to be an Art Director or open her own studio.