Shari Ubechel was born in Brooklyn, New York and raised in Lansdale, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia. She attended the Moore College of Art in Philadelphia, Temple University’s Tyler School of Art, and studied art in Rome. Her time in Rome inspired her to travel to another 25 countries on every continent except Antarctica. Her travels inform her art, which is infused with the natural beauty and wonder of the world around her.
Soon after graduating college, Shari packed everything she owned into her tiny car and drove west on an adventure to see the country. When she arrived in Taos, New Mexico, it instantly felt like home. She settled in Taos, and eventually opened her own gallery on Bent Street, which she ran until 2022. Her work now appears in several museum gift shops, including the Taos Art Museum and the Harwood.
Shari's paintings are deeply connected to her adopted home and to the Southwestern landscape. In addition to the scenery of Northern New Mexico, she incorporates music, science and spirituality into her work.
Shari particularly enjoys working with vibrant colors that evoke the glory and natural splendor of the landscapes she paints. Her art is designed to place the viewer in the midst of the natural scene depicted, to feel like they are actually walking through the forest or flying over a gorge, and to experience the movement of stepping into each painting. To enhance this effect, Shari spent 20 years inventing and perfecting an innovative new technique to create three-dimensionality in her works. Most of Shari's paintings come with 3D glasses to fully enjoy the works, though even without them, Shari strives to create art that brings everyone into the magic of the Southwest.