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Sharon Williams

Sharon Williams is a professional artist and illustrator with over 20 years of experience, based in the Cotswolds, UK. Sharon has drawn and painted from an early age; winning many school prizes for art. After studying Art, Art History and Fashion & Fabrics at A Level she was selected for inclusion in a student exhibition in the Walker Art Gallery which encouraged her further artistic studies. Sharon completed a Foundation Course in Art and then continued studying Illustration at degree level at Harrow College, University of Westminster. During her first year Sharon was a joint winner of the Sam Marshall Drawing prize. Since graduating in the mid-nineties Sharon has maintained a successful career as an illustrator producing colourful, painterly and attractive images for paper products, greetings cards, magazines, fine art prints and children's books. Since moving to the Cotswolds and having a family Sharon has relished creating paintings for exhibition rather than working to a more commercial brief and has especially enjoyed working on larger paintings as illustrations tend to be small. Although her subject matter remains fairly realistic there are painterly elements and more abstraction creeping in particularly in her backgrounds. Her style and technique have developed significantly and have consolidated during this period of exploration. Influences are wide and varied; often drawn from the beauty of the local landscape and the characterful chickens who watch her work though the studio window. As an Illustrator Sharon is known for her striking use of colour; a passion which has continued into her self-generated work. Sharon primarily paints in acrylic due to it's fast drying qualities, fastness and versatility; allowing her to build up thick, thin or glazes of colour which are often scraped back to reveal contrasting layers of colour beneath. This produces an interesting and textural finish to the painting and she is often influenced by and enjoys the 'chance' mark or colour combination created using this method. Figures and portraits have been a particular area of interest since art classes at school; life drawing was a discipline that she really enjoyed and has developed since University. Demand for her drawn and painted portraits has grown steadily over the last few years. Sharon is happy to work to commission; a process honed through years of experience of working with Art Directors to produce a desired result. If you choose to commission a piece of art it would be an enjoyable and interesting process; resulting in an original piece. To discuss any of Sharon's works please call 07799 535765 or email deborah@wychwoodart.com