Sharon Garrison: Friends & Family plus passing acquaintances and me Exhibit

Price: Free Admission!

Sharon Garrison is an artist who specializes in portrait. She works intuitively as did Alice Neel and Lucien Freud, two of her sources of inspiration. A professor once compared her work to that of Soutine. She was not aware of Soutine at the time and headed straight to the library to look up the artist. She did not see a similarity but others have also made the comparison. Shape and value are of primary importance. Her colors tend to be realistic, even somewhat monochromatic in nature.

Although never one for drawing, her recent work is a series of portraits entitled "Friends & Family plus passing acquaintances and me", made with Sharpie markers. These drawings are a combination of realism and caricature applied to images of acquaintances, family, and friends.
She often enhances memory of past relationships to create what she surmises a contemporary version of the past might look like and vice versa.

She is presently exploring cattle markers and cold wax and oil as mediums, using a trial and error approach. Her work, in general, is based upon trial and error methodology. Although the portraits seem to be classical in nature, there is often an edgy quality to them.

Sharon feels that the artist's work is complete when she deems the piece finished. It is then time for a dialogue between the viewer and the artwork. With this sequence of events, the work takes on a new life with each different onlooker, creating an expanded continuum. For this reason, she does not attempt to explain her work. If the work is successful, there should be no need for explanation. However, the life experiences of the viewer melding with the artwork facilitate a fresh dialogue between the viewer and artist, often resulting in a mutually beneficial understanding of the piece.
Learn more: https://www.thelmaarts.org/event/sharon-garrison/

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