Artist Statement

No matter the content or creative expression, the unexpected perspective, joke, or reference is a gift I like to give and receive. I like to deconstruct ideas and stretch them out to look at them differently – and draw connections to other art forms, personal experiences, or universal references. My visual art is of mixed media, and I often feel more like a scientist – I enjoy my failed experiments as much, if not more than my successful ones. Music, writing, and improv play a significant role as they balance out different sides of who I am and my view of the world. I like to help people, give them art they can enjoy, and make them laugh and feel good –and to help bring acceptance and shine a light on how creative expression is essential for all of us.

In the studio, I play with oil, acrylic, watercolor, spray paint, and gouache. However, encaustic painting is one of my main processes, and I like to embellish and collage my art with:
different papers, sparkle dust (reflective glass beads), gel mediums, cold wax medium (beeswax), shellac burn, metals, glass, rust, and many other found objects---all fused by fire (torch & heat gun). As I try new things, watch for new pieces and processes - you never know what will happen!

Read more about Encasustic painting here

BIO

 

Sharon has been creating for most of her life and participating in various local visual art shows for the last 25 years. She graduated from UW-Milwaukee with a BFA in Painting and Drawing and a Master of Arts in Teaching in 2009 from Cardinal Stritch University. Having been an educator for over the last 25 years, Sharon has taught community art classes and workshops at The Milwaukee Art Museum, Walker's Point Center for the Arts, Summerfest, and more. She was also an elementary classroom teacher for 15 years in urban and suburban school districts and an adjunct professor for five years at Cardinal Stritch University, where she taught integrating the fine arts and cross-curricular differentiation in the classroom.

She currently teaches part-time math, art, science, yoga, and improv to 2e (twice-exceptional) students and advocates for the neurodiverse community. In addition, she remains active in the arts community as she is an Artist-in-Residence at The Muse Gallery Guesthouse, sits on the Gallery Committee for The Jazz Gallery Center for the Arts, and curates art for Component Brewing Company -and looks forward to becoming more involved with connecting the arts in Milwaukee.