Sharon graduated from the University College Scarborough with a First Class Degree in Fine Art in 2001. She stayed on for another year to do a Post Graduate Certificate in Painting, specialising in Tempera painting techniques. Since then she has painted and exhibited in local galleries and undertaken several artist residences. Her work has been commissioned and purchased by both Scarborough and Bridlington Hospital - these are included in the public catalogue ‘Foundation’ and can be seen on the BBC Your Paintings website. She has also designed and painted theatre ‘Flats’ for the Spotlight Theatre in Bridlington and the Bridlington Old Town Association. She has recently completed a book illustration project in collaboration with the local poet John Fewings. Sharon works with oils, acrylics, and mixed media. She counts as her influence Artists such as Marc Chagall and Stanley Spencer, and is inspired by the medieval illuminated manuscripts and icon paintings.
'I love Pre-Renaissance art especially the gold embellished Icons and medieval illustrations, and work of artists such as Marc Chagall, Stanley Spencer and Gustav Klimt. I am interested in combining abstract, sometimes decorative pattern with figurative subjects inspired by myths, memories and dreams. For as long as I can remember I have always loved painting and drawing. I paint from my imagination, inspired by folk tales, poetry, and dreams. I build up layers of paint, collage, gold leaf, and text until the images, landscapes, characters and narratives have emerged.'
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