I have been leaning towards abstraction the more I paint and even when I’m doing representational paintings and landscapes, there tends to be an element of abstraction in them. Shapes and colors really appeal to me. I love geometric forms and they appear throughout my paintings. The designs behind my paintings often emerge from focusing my attention on negative painting in the backspace and interesting color relationships, resulting in works of art that weave in and out of abstraction.
After 30+ years of working life in health care, policy, planning, communications and performance management, Sharon found herself interested in learning to paint. Taking early retirement and a few workshops, Sharon closeted herself away in 2007 and painted continuously for 4 months. Reviews from an art instructor and two other respected, well known artists were favorable. She made the decision to continue to paint.
An award winning artist, Sharon does both abstract and representational acrylic work as well as work that she calls “bridging the gap”.
She has had solo shows at Empourium Gallery, and the Portals Gallery of the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre (2019), Chapel Gallery (2018), Eclectic Gallery (2013) in Victoria, Gallery 223 (2012) in Nanaimo, and the Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria twice (2009, 2012).
Sharon has been in many group shows including a 2 person show at Trounce Alley Gallery (2016), a 3 person show “Crawling the Walls” (2015) and a 5 person show “Up Island” (2013) at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. Her paintings have appeared in many juried Federation of Canadian Artists (FCA) exhibitions in places such as Kelowna, Kamloops, Vancouver, Nanaimo, Ladysmith and Victoria. Additionally, she has exhibited her work in Taiwan and Shanghai.
2018 was Sharon’s sixth year painting at the Inn at Laurel Point as an artist-in-residence.