UNTITLED XXXVIII, pastel, 8 x 6

Sharon is an artist from Cedar Rapids who received her Masters of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Iowa and her Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Northern Iowa. She has served as a visiting artist at Mt. Mercy College in Cedar Rapids and at the University of Minnesota. Sharon's work hangs in the collections of the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha, the University of Iowa, and Luther College in Decorah in addition to many other public and private collections in Iowa and the Midwest. She’s been included in many museum and gallery exhibitions throughout the country, including one-person exhibitions at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Nina Liu Gallery in Charleston, South Carolina, and the Brunnier Art Museum in Ames.

Sharon's artwork varies between large-scale “picture stories” and small pastel studies of summer flowers and autumn trees. She expertly captures the vibrant colors of nature in the smaller works. Her larger works are fanciful assemblies of individual stories and tales. Working with oil paint on a dark surface (black paper) she creates a rich tapestry that from a distance appears to be abstract. But closer inspection reveals the intricate interweaving of many characters, animals and objects of all kinds. Her color usage is always vibrant with the overall effect likened to that of a stained glass window.

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