Category: Personal Work

Personal work by photographer Sheri Oneal that includes her travels, fine art and other personal creative projects.


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.


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……


West Side Digs: answer. restaurant

West Side Digs: answer. restaurant, fish, Nashville

Nashville commercial photographer Sheri Oneal shares a blog series “West Side Digs” interviewing Answer Restaurant in Sylvan Park neighborhood in Nashville.


Family Portraits of The Goldsteins…

A family portrait of Lisa, Rob, Sara and dog, Ginger photographed in the green grass of the front yard of their home in Nashville, Tennessee

By Sheri Oneal

Over the weekend I photographed family portraits of my favorite couple “The Goldsteins,” over several hours my goal was to shoot various photos of Lisa and Rob with their beautiful daughter, Sara. As a commercial photographer this is a little out of my element and for whatever reason photographing friends always makes me nervous for fear they won’t tell me if they truly like the photos (yes even as a pro for almost 20 years I still doubt myself at times). When I went to their home I wanted to be sure and……


Fabulous Women Over 40: Payge McMahon

Fabulous Women over 40, Payge McMahon, adventure athlete and yoga instructor in red jacket walking down a hiking trail at Percy Warner Park near Nashville, TN

By Sheri Oneal

Wow, this summer got real busy and I fell behind with my interviews for my Fabulous “Women Over 40” blog series but I have a very inspiring woman to showcase for September!

Payge McMahon is an amazing testament of……


Fabulous Women Over 40: Rita Maggart

Rita J. Maggart in a green shirt, outside her Nashville, TN sitting on some railing near a row of colorful flowers sharing about teaching in a women's prison

By Sheri Oneal

May almost slipped by me but I squeezed in a day this week to interview a wonderful woman for my Fabulous Women Over 40 blog series. I am proud to introduce Mrs. Rita J. Maggart! She is an artist, a writer, a floral designer and a teacher who began volunteering her time 24 years ago as a teacher’s assistant at the Tennessee Prison for Women.