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The Official "Artist Statement"

Sharon combines Art & Photography to create magic. 

She does not consider herself to be a photographer in the traditional sense although her own photographs are the basis of her artwork. She uses a variety of software programs and techniques developed over nearly two years (and much lost sleep and frustration) to achieve the unique, fairytale - or magical realism - quality that her photo art work embodies.
 It is an ongoing work in progress.

A natural autodidactic, Sharon is 100% self-taught and has no formal training in any form of art (she is the former senior editor of multiple high-profile reference books; also a position/industry for which she had no formal education or training but in which she rose rapidly and conquered).  
She credits her skills and successes to her endless curiosity, hunger for knowledge, and desire to always be challenged.

As a nonconformist, she ardently and fervently believes that traditional routes are not necessarily the only way to achieve goals.

Sharon has a penchant for abandoned places; barns, decrepit and otherwise; enchanting, authentic people and places
with history and a story to tell.

What others may overlook is oftentimes exactly what she is drawn to.

"People don't slow down enough to look around and see the magical world they live in," she says. "I capture my photographs by taking long, aimless drives on endless beautiful back roads. But I am forever pulling over to let speeding cars pass me. They're going too fast to notice the beauty all around that I'm seeing and I think that's sad. I needed to find a way to make people see and feel again...to make them slow down, to pause for just a minute. That's where the fairytale, magical realism look of my artwork came from. By making things look a little bit wonky or whimsical...this gets their attention. This makes them see."



Her goal is to help you to remember and regain the wide-eyed sense of wonder and awe you had as a child...when everything around you was magical and whimsical and filled with possibility.

Events/Accomplishments

+ August 2012 
Sharon's artwork won five separate awards in Salem County, NJ

+ June 2013     
Featured in a solo exhibit at the Ocean County Library Art Gallery, Toms River, NJ

+ July 2013     
Sharon was honored to have a month-long show at the Millville Town Peddler Artist Gallery, Millville, DE.

2013 Holiday Season   
A very amazing opportunity when she was invited to exhibit/sell at the prestigious The Globe in historic Berlin, Maryland.  Sharon's artwork filled both levels of the entire building and was a massive success.  As a result, she was invited back for the 2014       holiday season.

+ June 2014    
Month-long show at The Palette & The Page in Elkton, Maryland. Another success that also resulted in her signing with this gallery as a full-time artist.

+ September 2014  
Elkton Station Gallery (Cecil College's art gallery) for another month-long solo show.

+ December 2014  
Back to The Globe in Berlin, Maryland for another solo, month-long takeover of the entire building for the holidays.

May 2015    
Exhibits at the gallery of the Ocean County Library; this timeat their Waretown, New Jersey branch.

+ November 2015  
For the third year in a row, Sharon was invited again to The Globe in historic Berlin, MD for a month-long solo show.  This year she was proud to show/sell 80+ pieces of her Land O' Make Believe collection.

+ March 2016 
Sharon was asked to become the only resident artist at The Globe in historic Berlin, MD. 

+ November-December 2016  
Sharon displays all new 2016 artwork at The Globe in Berlin, MD, taking over both levels with 60+ pieces from her Land O' Make Believe collection available for sale. This is her 4th year headlining at The Globe for the entire holiday season.

+ April 2017   
Month-long show at The Lorelton Gallery in Wilmington, DE

+August 2017 
McConnell Gallery, Toms River, NJ (entire month)

+August 25, 2017
Pop-Up Art Show, Historic Opera House, Woodstown, NJ

+October 21, 2017  
Solo show/sale, Helen's Gardens & Cafe, Alloway, NJ 


+December 2017   
Ocean County Library exhibit, Toms River, NJ (entire month)

She is always seeking similar opportunities.

Sharon is a member of:
the prestigious Irish American Writers & Artists.

Member, Jersey Arts