In 1970, Sherman’s works were sculptures that used geometric forms and found objects. In 1972, he learned the fine art of lithography and intaglio printmaking, from California State University, Hayward, receiving his B.A. Degree in Art in 1976. Mr. Hay attended California State University, Humboldt in Arcata, and graduated with a Masters of Art Degree in 1979. Sherman returned to using geometric forms within his work. Intrigued with architecture and technology he felt constructivist geometric ideas would help formulate the type of work he was striving towards.
During the years of 1984 through 2003 Mr. Hay was awarded thirteen California Arts Council, Artist in Residence Grants for Artists Serving Social Institutions. He taught visual arts to inmates at Sierra Conservation Center. Each of these grants were ten months, including mediums ranging from drawing, painting, handmade paper, printmaking, sculpture and mosaic tile murals. In conjunction with these art workshops he designed and created two mosaic tile murals for local elementary schools. The first one is a larger than life size mural depicting Mark Twain for Mark Twain Elementary School in Angels Camp. The second one is a cougar for Copperopolis Elementary School in Copperopolis. These images are realistic but contain sophisticated design concepts. Sherman won first place in the Gemini Saw International Competition for his mural design at Copperopolis Elementary School.
Sherman has won numerous awards in international juried art competitions in New York, California, Arizona, Texas and Utah. He won the Juror’s award including a Golden Bear in 2003 from the California State Fair in Sacramento. Throughout the last twenty years he won five Certificates of Excellence awards and five Awards of Merit at the California State Fair in Sacramento.
In 2004, Sherman was awarded a Public Art Commission for the City of Stockton, he designed 10 contemporary butterflies cut out of metal and embedded them into the concrete sidewalk in front of Harrison Elementary School. In 1995 he was awarded his first Public Art Commission to create an Outdoor Sculpture for the Calaveras County Library in San Andreas, California.
Sherman has taught drawing and painting part-time for Yosemite Junior College District at Columbia College and Modesto Junior College. He also taught at Merced Junior College for four years.
Presently Sherman’s paintings are based on design using the figure, color and politics. Sherman has also been creating a large environmental sculpture using rock, concrete, ceramic and metal at his home in Sonora, CA.