Double Portrait Completed!

EDIE AND JACKIE, thread on fabric, 25 x 20 inches

Edie and Jackie and their portrait, Summer 2020

Starting with a photo shoot in October 2018, I began a project to immortalize two creative women and their relationship. This commission proved to be an adventure that only was completed in July 2020 when Edie and Jackie received their portrait.    

In their own words: “The photo session with us last fall brought it all into focus for me.  I feel the spirituality in you that expresses itself in the meditative way you perceive and relate to us as individuals and as a couple.  I feel seen, understood, accepted, and respected.”  …Jackie 

Detail of hands, EDIE AND JACKIE

“There is a gentleness and unity in the narrative that you tell in this portrait. I see it in the conversation of the florals of the background. I know that the trees in the forest communicate with each other and have their constant interactions below the ground through their roots as well as through their leaves and branches that we can see above ground. I am reminded of Picasso’s painting of Gertrude as he portrayed her staunch determinism, which is part of their histories. The image-maker and the sitters equally strong in their creative agency. Your work of thread on fabric holds the DNA of our women’s culture within its design, medium, and subject matter.”   …Edie

MGFA 2020 at Mitchell Giddings Fine Arts

“Connecting To”, 2018, paper construction, 22 x 17″

MGFA began the new year with a group exhibit of over thirty gallery artists in its new upstairs space. MGFA has now reopened with essential protective materials and protocols in place. They are also rebuilding their web site to include “viewing rooms” and “virtual tours of the gallery”…

Mitchell-Giddings Fine Arts  * 183 Main Street, Brattleboro, VT 05301 * 802.251.8290

Sewful Work in RJD Museum in New Bedford, MA


  My “Blue Buddha Two” is featured on the cover of The Rotch-Jones-Duff Museum’s Summer/Fall newsletter and is one of two works included in Sewful Work, a group exhibition of both historical and contemporary pieces curated by Blair Walker. Sewful Work runs through December 24, 2020

For exhibition information, visit: Rotch-Jones-Duff Museum
For hours, admission and health protocols: RJD Museum

Relative Relations at Heller Museum, NYC

“Gold Heads”, Abrams and Scherer collaboration

“RELATIVE RELATIONS” continues at the Heller Museum in NYC and although the building is still closed, the exhibition catalogue is on view on their site. Jackie Abrams and I have a collaborative piece, “Couples on Magenta” on page 4, and my work “The Life of Painters” appears on page 24.

Dr. Bernard Heller Museum is located at One West Fourth Street, New York City. 

 or contact: or 212-824-2218

Everyday Mermaid is Available!

California poet and friend Christina Isobel and I have been working on our book collaboration for many years. In responding visually to her poetry, I discovered a vibrant language of symbolic abstraction. Now we are PUBLISHED -to order a copy, visit Christina’s Amazon page!

First few pages of "Everyday Mermaid"

First few pages of “Everyday Mermaid”

My Work is Represented in Brattleboro by

Mitchell-Giddings Fine Arts  * 183 Main Street, Brattleboro, VT 05301 * 802.251.8290

“State Of Mind”, 2017, torn paper construction, 13 x 12 inches


2018 Hastings Center Special Report, cover image, “Treasure” by Deidre Scherer

Cover for “Perspectives In Biology and Medicine”, Johns Hopkins University Press, “In Thought” from the collection of Hebrew Union College-Institute of Religion Museum, NYC

Fred F. Scherer, Artist, Diorama Painter, 1915 – 2013 

My father was an early and steady influence on my art making. As a child, I’d play hooky by commuting with him down to the American Museum of Natural History in New York City  where I’d spend the day roaming the halls while he painted. Many times I’d sit on the edge of a diorama watching him work. 2018 is the 103rd anniversary of his birth. I welcome and encourage you to visit and celebrate his life’s work:

Painted by Fred F. Scherer in the Hall of North American Birds, courtesy of the AMNH.

Cicely Aikman, Artist, Poet, 1923 – 2013

Cicely as a painter and as my stepmother had a strong and supportive impact on my work. Her fierce individuality encouraged my search for my own distinct voice. Please visit and enjoy her web site and work at

Cicely Aikman, “The Cove”

Cicely’s free and lush use of form, line and color has had a great and lasting impact on how I see the world -and how I think as I work. She is in my mind when I take pleasure in a moment of light, when I discern the uniqueness of a shade, and the simplicity of a curve. She was a master in paint before her time.              …Deidre Scherer