Category: Diary of a Storyteller

Diary of a storyteller is news and photo essays centered around photographer Sheri Oneal’s stories and experiences showcasing people, architecture, travel & culture.


Glassblower Michael Allison

Green glass ornament by glassblower Michael Allison in his studio for The Creative Push

I recently met with glassblower and mixed media artist Michael Allison in Joelton, Tennessee at his studio to interview him for The Creative Push artist interview series. Not only is he a professional glass artist but he also creates beautiful jewelry, and other mixed media works with metal and wood. These are the images I was able to capture in the short time I had while doing our interview.


Nashville Watercolor Artist Phil Ponder

Artist portrait of Phil Ponder in his studio

This month I had a chance to photograph Nashville watercolor artist Phil Ponder in his home studio. I interviewed him for my podcast artist interview series on The Creative Push. He is best known for his hand-painted iconic architectural images of Nashville. When I met Phil at the end of last year through a friend while at an art gathering, I was surprised to find out he was from my hometown of Ocala, Florida.

Although Phil started growing his career as a painter after retiring, he has gained success in Nashville and his work is preserving the everchanging architectural history……


Master Woodcarver Ken Means

Artist Ken Means hippocampus giraffe

I recently met with master woodcarver Ken Means in his Franklin, Tennessee workshop and showroom to interview him for The Creative Push artist interview series. Outside of creating beautiful carousel animals, Ken is also a painter, a bronze artist, and a creator of authentic Pacific Northwest Indian masks. As a professional artist for more than 60 years his story is unique. These are the images I was able to capture in the short time I had while doing the interview.


James Suh Of Taco Diplomacy

man in apron holding bowl of tteokbokki with cheese sauce

My recent interview for my podcast series The Creative Push was with James Suh, the man behind Taco Diplomacy. The idea started with a recent taco pop-up that was the result of the COVID lockdown which allowed him more time at home in the kitchen with his hobby baker wife Karri. She inspired him to perfect some of his international recipes from the food flavors he remembered as a child. They both started offering free tastings from their home in order to get honest feedback on their recipes. The success of their pop-up tastings led to the creation……


Photoshoot With Artist Buddy Jackson

Buddy Jackson on his bed in his room

Last month I photographed one of Nashville’s most notable and respected designers, Buddy Jackson. He has been an industry professional for more than 25 years, winning two Grammy’s for his work. I was thrilled that he allowed me to feature him for my podcast. I went to his Nashville home for the shoot and interviewed him for The Creative Push. Buddy shared his art, career path, and the details of his transition from commercial design into a working artist doing figurative sculpture, painting, and photography. Known for decades in Nashville as a creative in the music industry doing package and……


Photoshoot With Fiber Artist Twyla Lambert Clark

Twyla Lambert Clark portrait

I had the opportunity to photograph and interview fiber artist Twyla Lambert for The Creative Push podcast recently and wanted to share some photos from the shoot. I went to her house to work with her in her home sewing studio for the blog article. Here are some of my favorites from our afternoon together.


News, Projects And Hobby Baker Photos

Hobby baker with a German chocolate buttercream cake and peach basil buttercream cake.

I wanted to check in and share some news, projects, and photos from a recent shoot I did with a local Nashville hobby baker. I have not offered much about my photo career over the past year and a half but it isn’t because I haven’t been busy! While photography assignments have been cut more than 60% due to COVID I decided to use all of my available time in search of new avenues for my creativity. Assignment photography has been a real struggle due to COVID but rather than wait for business to resume to some kind of normal……


A Virtual Photoshoot Playday

photoshopped digital image of artist in mask

Being a commercial photographer, I rely primarily on freelance assignment work as an income. Back in the heart of the Pandemic last year when we all were in lockdown I began to realize that I was going to have to up my game to find new ways of generating some revenue. After months and months of hoping this was all going to pass, I decided to set up a playday and attempt to do a live virtual photoshoot. The goal was to see if it was possible to direct and shoot photos of someone virtually by determining the best……


Sheri Joins Launch Engine As Contributing Author!

Author Sheri Oneal writes for Launch Engine

Over the past few months I have been honored to join the team of a new online news platform called Launch Engine as a contributing author! Its mission is to cover technology, organizations, innovation, social causes, start ups, politics, business news and culture in middle Tennessee. I have really enjoyed being able to virtually meet business owners and fellow artists for interviews. It has been so much fun to tell their stories through this platform and I wanted to share with my photo business community. 

For more than 25……


Saying Goodbye To Patti

Patti Bose Fine Art photography of ballerinas back

I wanted to take a moment and share something personal. 

I recently learned my friend and mentor in photography Patti Bose has passed away from cancer. I learned of the news from a Facebook post right before Thanksgiving. I’ve spent the last few days processing everything and digging through old photographs. I wanted to say goodbye to Patti by sharing some memories. 

© Patti Bose

Patti was a part of my earlier life when I lived in……