Artist Statement

For almost my entire life, I have had a constant need to create, and painting is just one of my

main outlets. Creating intuitively is natural and motivates most of my art. My process has evolved as a mixed media artist, and I often feel more like a scientist. My art involves different materials, and some among them are other paints, cold wax (beeswax), and encaustics (beeswax + damar resin), found objects, and "mystery media". The content changes as much as the process - and I don't like labels or being pigeonholed. I'm thankful that creative shifts naturally happen with me, as I believe them to healthy and crucial no matter what the medium. Solving visual problems is exciting and allows me to experiment, which is a form of meditation for me. When one connects with the final result, it adds to the overall meaning of it all - and that's connection.

My inspirations evolve as I learn and grow but have consistently been inspired by and in no particular ranking or order...

 

nature | textures | travel | humor | music | subcultures 

| conversations 

dreams | color | curiosities | books

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 BFA in Painting and Drawing, along with 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 art classes and workshops at The Milwaukee Art Museum, Walker's Point Center for the Arts, and at Summerfest. She was also an elementary teacher in the classroom for 15 years and an adjunct professor for five years, where she taught integrating the fine arts and differentiation in the classroom. Sharon currently teaches part-time as she continues to work as an artist. In addition, she remains active in the arts community as she is an Artist-in-Residence at The Muse Gallery Guesthouse, sits on the Visual Arts Committee for The Jazz Gallery, and curates art for Component Brewing Company. She creates in her studio most days while residing in Milwaukee (Bay View) with her husband and two cats.