Growing up in a creative family, I considered myself an artist at a very young age. There was always something being made or created at our house: paintings, papier mache, clay sculpture, sewing, it didn’t matter what. The important thing was to do and create. In later years, I went on to study painting and drawing in France with Parsons School of Design, drawing and art history at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and eventually earned a BFA in Illustration from Massachusetts College of Art. My art is inspired by direct engagement with natural places. I have been fortunate to travel and live in beautiful settings on the coast and in the mountains of Maine, the Pacific Northwest, Australia, western New York and most recently the Monadnock Region of New Hampshire. I’ve always felt compelled to create. My inspiration is rooted in the beauty I see around me, not just in picture postcard scenes but everywhere, in the play of light on a leaf in my backyard, the shapes and colors in the sky, stones on a beach or reflections in a puddle. Light, color and beauty are everywhere. I am interested in capturing the feeling of a place, its movement and energy. The creative process has inspired me to try many media including mosaics, fiber art, stained glass and jewelry. Painting remains my enduring passion. My work exemplifies my belief that the familiar is extraordinary when discovered in the right combinations of color and light. I work in my home studio in Keene, New Hampshire.
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- Sharon Gates