About The Artist

Sharon lives, paints and teaches in Calgary, and is a signature member of the Alberta Society of Artists, Federation of Canadian Artists and International Plein Air Painters.

Sharon began painting oils 'en plein air' (in the fresh air) as she longed to escape the confines of her studio and connect once again with nature. She was totally surprised by the sense of wonder she felt, and the spontaneity and honesty the paintings revealed. Sharon loves the spiritual connection she makes while the wind is blowing through her hair and the sounds and smells fill out her senses. A great passion has since overtaken her and she tries to get out painting as often as her schedule and the weather permit. In her plein air work she tries to capture what interests her the most in a scene and put it into an compelling design; focusing on simplifying shapes and filling them with interesting colour. Sharon’s desire is that her paintings will transport the viewer into my pictorial world to connect with the majesty of Nature as she has done.


Sharon has also been happily exploring mixed watermedia for over 35 years, and her mantra is “What would happen if…” The excitement of working from chaos to order is invigorating and creates a dialogue between the work and the artist. Sharon enjoys working with bold colour, line and texture. Her work is informed by the landscapes that she paints en plein air in oil, her passion for gardening and love of the human figure. Sharon's interpretations of the beauty around her, as well as her vivid imagination make for an eclectic and varied body of work.


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ARTISTIC AFFILLIATIONS:

Federation of Canadian Artists (FCA) -Signature member (AFCA) and past president of Calgary Chapter

Signature member International Plein Air Painters Society (IPAP) 

EXHIBITIONS:

Recent Solo Exhibitions: 2012 –“En Plein Air –Tuscany”, Gallery 109, High River, AB

2011 -“En Plein Air –Expanding Horizons”, Arts On Atlantic Gallery, Calgary, AB

2011-“En Plein Air –One Artists’”View, Leighton Art Centre, Calgary, AB

2010 -“Romancing The Land”, Arts On Atlantic Gallery, Calgary, Alberta

2009  -“En Plein Air iii”, Arts On Atlantic Gallery, Calgary, Alberta

2008 -“En Plein Air”, Arts On Atlantic Gallery, Calgary, Alberta

Selected Recent Juried Group Exhibitions:

2017: -“Waxing Poetic”, Canwax West, Penticton, BC

2016- Signature Medal Show, FCA Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 -Calgary Exhibition and Stampede Art Gallery, Calgary, AB;

2007-2016:  -“Mad About Art” and “All Things Spring” Federation of Canadian Artists, Calgary, AB

2013  -“Cirque d'Hoffman!”,  ASA show, Jubillee Auditorium, Edmonton, AB 

2012  -“Landscape Show” Federation Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2011  -ASA “Artists’ Choice” show, Calgary, AB; “Prelude Show” Plein Air Rockies, Estes Park, Colorado, USA

2001, 2003, 2006, 2008 , 2009, -Calgary Stampede Western Art Auction, Calgary Stampede, Calgary, AB

  2008 -"Being Human", International Juried Figurative Art Show, Leighton Art Centre, AB

-"Small is All" and "The Home Show", ASA Inter-provincial Traveling Exhibitions, Alberta

2007 -"Stepping Out", ASA show, Point of Art Gallery & Max Bell Theatre, Calgary, AB

2006 -"Spillsbury Medal Show", Federation Gallery, Vancouver, BC

-"Common Ground", ASA/MSA collaborative traveling show throughout Alberta and Manitoba

2005 -"Memory and Identity"& “Reflections”, ASA traveling shows throughout Alberta

- Society of Watercolor Artists 23nd Annual International Exhibition, Dallas, TX, USA

RECENT AWARDS:

2017: Thea Haubrich Award of Excellence for Best In Show, Canwax West, Pentiction BC

2016 -“All About Spring”, FCA juried show; Honourable Mention

2014 -“Absolutely Art”, FCA juried Show. Third Prize award

2013 –“Mad About Art”, Second Prize and viewers choice award, FCA juried show Calgary

  2013 –“All Things Spring”, FCA juried show Calgary, Honorable Mention

2012- “All Things Spring”, FCA show Calgary, AB, Second place prize

2011- -Grand Prize Winner, Canadian Brushstrokes Magazine’s Landscape Competition

2011 -Third place,” Mad About Art”, FCA, Calgary, AB

2010 –Finalist, Richeson 75 International Art Competition of Small Works

2008- six way finish for Best Local Artist by readership poll, Avenue Magazine, January 2008

2006 -"Award of Excellence", Spillsbury Medal Show, Federation Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2005 –Third Place Award, "Juried Members Show", Leighton Centre, Alberta

2003 -awarded Signature status in the Federation Of Canadian Artists (AFCA)

 200 -“Mixed Messages”, Federation Gallery, Vancouver, “People’s Choice Award”

2002- Society of Watercolor Artists 21st Int’l Exhibition, Hurst, TX, USA, “Founder’s Award” (2nd prize)

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS: Alberta Energy and Utilities Board, Calgary, AB

North American Baptist Conference, Chicago, Illinois Muttart Public Art Gallery, Calgary, Alberta

           Pancanadian Petroleum Ltd., Calgary, Alberta Rockyview General Hospital, Calgary, Alberta

Spartan Controls, Calgary, Alberta Canadian Development Corporation, Calgary, AB

GALLERY REPRESENTION: Just Imajan Gallery, Cochrane,AB; Evanescence Gallery, High River, AB; Centre D'Arts Visuels, Edmonton, AB; Leighton Art Centre, Calgary, AB; Palliser Art & Framing, Calgary,AB; Selkirk Grill, Heritage park, Calgary, AB

PUBLICATIONS: --Artists In The Raw by Deborah Catton, 2012; Canadian Brushstrokes Magazine, issue #23, May/June 2011, cover and pg 4; “En Plein Air - One Artists’ View” by Sharon Lynn Williams, Blurb Publishing, 2011; Best of Worldwide Artists –Mixed Media Vol. 1, Kennedy Publishing, 2010; Canadian Brushstrokes Magazine, issue #18, Mar/Apr 2010, cover and pg 4;"Best Of Calgary" (six way finish for Best Local Artist), Avenue Magazine, January 2008, pp.46-49; Art Avenue Magazine, Vol 7, No2Mar/Apr 2007, pg.2, Eleventh Transmission e-magazine, "Featured Artist", October 2006, issue 7; International Artist Magazine, Dec/Jan 2005, issue #40, pg. 130 , “Master Painters of the World- Canada Showcase”; Dallas Star-Telegram –Northeast Tarrant, “A Bold Stroke”, pp 1BB, 11BB, March 31, 2002; “Celebrate Your Creative Self”, by Mary Todd Beam, North Light Books 2001, pp.62-63; The Watercolour Gazette – Feature Artist -Nov 2000, also in Jan ‘01and Mar ‘01 issues; Alberta Society of Artists- The First Seventy Years, by K.E.Zimon

 

 

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