Trusting that “God does not call the qualified, He qualifies the called,” Sheryl Moran has found herself on a much different journey than she had planned. After earning a BA in mathematics and teaching for five years, she became a wife and stay-at-home-mom, who felt called to learn to paint when her youngest entered first grade. From 2000 to 2003, she enrolled in the Bougie Studio in Minneapolis, studying in the tradition of the Old Masters. In 2010, she expanded her repertoire to include the medium of sculpture. In 2016 she was invited by Father Michael Becker to join him on “Encounter,” a weekly program on Relevant Radio where she shares her insights about a work of art that illustrates the topic of each show.
Believing that her talent is a gift from God, Sheryl has chosen to focus on creating Christian art. She works primarily in oil, but occasionally dabbles in watercolor. High-quality Giclée prints of her work are available through her Etsy account. Being blessed with a husband who provides for their family’s financial needs, Sheryl is grateful to be able to donate all profits from her art ministry to charities whose mission is to make Jesus Christ known and loved.
When her home parish needed a crucifix for their sanctuary, Sheryl began her foray into the realm of sculpture. To make the most of her limited time and facilities, she sculpts in oil-based clay and hires Casting Creations, a foundry in Howard Lake, Minnesota, to complete the work in bronze. Because of the complexities and expense involved with bronze work, she contracts with churches on an individual basis.
Having a great desire to work in evangelism as well as art, Sheryl was grateful for the opportunity to join Father Michael Becker on his weekly Catholic radio program, “Encounter,” on Relevant Radio. Relevant Radio’s mission is to assist the Church in the New Evangelization by providing relevant programming through media platforms to help people bridge the gap between faith and everyday life. It is Father Becker and Sheryl’s hope that “Encounter” will provide people the opportunity to encounter God through prayer, teaching, music, and art.