Sharon lives in the beautiful Northern California town of Angels Camp
with her husband, Steve, and Jack Russell mix, Jackson.
Like most artists, Sharon loved to paint and draw as a child.
Her earliest memory of of being excited to make art dates back to when
she was 7 years old and received an over sized pad of paper and a
plastic tray of watercolors as a Christmas gift. The clean white sheets
seemed to offer endless possibilities and putting color on them kept
her occupied for hours.
Initially majoring in art in college, she left after 2 years to open a women’s
fitness facility in her native New Jersey, always intending to some day go
back and finish her degree. A marriage, two babies, and a move to California
kept that on the back burner, but she enjoyed creative pursuits whenever
time allowed. Ultimately, she enrolled at California State University Sacramento
when her children entered middle school, completing course work for a degree
in psychology, and then went to work for a Fortune 500 company as a sales executive.
Retiring in 2021 brought a time for reflection: What should she do with the
est of her life? There were so many wonderful options! It felt like she had that
exciting Christmas pad of blank paper in front of her once again.
Deciding she would take a year to figure it out, she kept herself happily
busy cooking, baking, and painting while she waited for the answer to come.
She made gallons of soup, dozens of bundt cakes and chicken pot pies,
and covered canvasses with paint, always running out of day before running
out of things to do. After the twelve months were up, she realized that she just
had one of the best years of her life. The answer to her big question was
actually there all along.
Sharon’s artwork is evolving and now includes a mixture of collage and painting.
She enjoys scouring thrift shops for books, papers, and other ephemera to put
into interesting compositions. Her “studio” is her huge, galvanized steel kitchen island,
where her table top easel and art supplies sit at one end. At the other end might be
a simmering crock pot, rising bread dough or a cake set out to cool.
It all just depends on the day.