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“I credit much of my current work to inspirations from living by the ocean. The tropical themes in my art have been influenced by living on both coasts of the Dominican Republic, trips to Mexican villages filled with unique and soulful folk art, and life by the beaches in Florida. The process of creating art lets me escape into a world of color and joy and places that used to be dreams. The forms my work settles into . . . a painting, a vessel, a tile, or a sculpture . . . are painted in bright colors that reflect the extraordinary energy I derive from engaging in creative activity. My island women wade in oceans splashing with tropical fish. Birds scatter color across exotic landscapes -- perching on Mexican chairs or nesting in baskets at an island market. The whimsical birds featured in my art reflect my fascination with soaring spirits. My hope is that others will find my pieces uplifting!”
Artists at Work in the Heart of Matlacha
Sharon often complements her mixed media work with photographic images she adheres over her ceramic, canvas, or wood creations. Other spontaneous embellishments on her pieces can include fabric, mosaic tiles, glitter, beads and Mexican “milagros” (tin charms). Additionally, she paints and decorates “nichos” (small tin boxes with glass doors) that are made in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Unfinished nichos have been traditionally adorned with images and objects from religious and popular culture. Inspired by Mexican tradition, Sharon transforms these tin boxes into visual expressions of spiritual harmony.
Sharon creates hand-built ceramic sculptures and tiles out of her studio in Delray Beach, Florida. An active member of the Ceramic League of the Palm Beaches, she has exhibited in South Florida art festivals for many years and continues to take art workshops and share new techniques in various media. She plays with tropical themes and loves painting scenes of island life on canvas as well as working with collage and mixed media on wood boxes she calls “ART STORIES.” Much of her imagery includes birds,
fish and female forms.
A graduate of Cleveland State University in Ohio, Sharon taught English for several years before focusing on her interest in art. She gravitated toward pottery making, took advanced classes at The Cleveland Institute of Art, and joined a local co-op gallery. Soon she was displaying work in fine art festivals in Ohio. In 1997, she carried this love for art to South Florida, where she has been exhibiting in galleries and art shows for the past 20 years.