It all began with a box of 96 sharp-tipped crayons Sharon
received as a child from her
happily spent many hours at the kitchen table crayon in hand.
Immersed in the process, she
transformed those newspaper print coloring book pages into vibrant works of art.
Color ran outside the lines and multi-colored patterns filled her
favorite animal and holiday themed pictures.
had little regard for the stifling "stay in the lines" color techniques.
This early experience was only the beginning of a lifelong passion for creating works of art outside the lines.
studied art and architectural history abroad in her
early 20s where the European world of color, design and architecture fueled her
yearning to work with various mediums.
During college she
enrolled in a number of different art classes and then began painting with acrylics on canvas, producing large, vibrant abstracts and thickly textured landscapes.
After college, she
found less time to pursue her
creative talents and put those to the side while she
pursued a more traditional professional career.
married and began raising her
family, but her
creative side called and in time she
returned to the simple pleasure of crayon and coloring books.
In 1996, after a 14-year sabbatical from painting, Sharon
realized that she
had longed to work in watercolor and now it was time.
purchased some ink, a pen, paper and watercolors.
says, "I did not even know where to start.