Sharon Wadsworth-Smith

In my current series called “Painting the Town”, I explore the events in small towns in Ontario and observe the people celebrating many diverse community activities.

November 24, 2012 | | Artist in the Spotlight | Arts | Blogs

Artist Biography:

Sharon received her artistic education from Kwantlen College in B.C. She has worked as a photographer, graphic artist and instructor. Her main focus has been as an art instructor for the past twenty years. She states that one of the joys of teaching is when one witnesses a new artist gain experience and become enthusiastic about their creative discoveries. She is now identifying with her students as she returns to classes herself and starts to participate in more shows and group events. Her recent works are inspired by the shapes and colours of the beautiful Hockley Valley where she lives. She has paintings in many collections and galleries.

Artist Statement:

As an artist, I am constantly trying to find new ways to express more vibrant colour in my paintings. With my recent works, I take many reference photos of my subjects and then I distort the colour balance, contrast, texture and attempt to play with the paint in a carefree, expressive manner.

I enjoy painting still-life, landscapes and crowd scenes with people enjoying both ordinary and special events like carnivals or town gatherings, farmers’ markets and activities in colourful surroundings. I take many reference photos to work from, or if the weather is good, I will set up my easel and paint from life. In my current series called “Painting the Town”, I explore the events in small towns in Ontario and observe the people celebrating many diverse community activities.

I like to be adventurous in my choice of medium and enjoy using bold brush strokes. My recent work is in acrylic, but I believe that each medium has its own special voice, so I choose the one that best portrays the spirit of the painting I am working on.

“ I believe art is a buffet and we can choose what we like from the table.”
–  Sharon Wadsworth-Smith

Contact Sharon:
www.wadsworthsmithart.com
(519) 941-6670

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I take many reference photos to work from, or if the weather is good, I will set up my easel and paint from life. Sharon Wadsworth-Smith

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Artist in the Spotlight is prepared by Arlene Taylor, Community Outreach Coordinator at The Dufferin Arts Council (DAC), which supports and promotes the arts, by providing members with cultural experiences and social activities.

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