Vero Beach Art Club
FEatured Member of the month
March 2019 Sharon Morgan
Bio: I studied fine art at Long Beach City College in California and applied that knowledge to various businesses throughout the years: Designing and building theatre sets and props as well as decor for themed corporate parties (1979-1985); Creating signage for large developments in south and central Florida (1985-1999) and since 2000, website design & maintenance. While operating these businesses, I continued to pursue painting and exhibiting my work in many juried shows in southeast Florida including the Hortt Competition at the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art, the All Florida Competition at the Boca Raton Musuem of Art and the A.E. Backus Museum in Fort Pierce. In 2000 I was awarded the Millennium Cultural Recognition Award by the State of Florida for my series of Historical Mandalas and had a solo exhibit at the Capitol Building in Tallahassee and a 3 person show with other award winners at the Ormond Beach Museum & Gardens.
Mediums: I work with acrylic paints and am attracted to highly saturated transparent pigments. There are two processes I use for my paintings. The mandala quadrants began as a collage of images to explore the challenges of composition within a triangle. After holding the collage up to a mirror, I decided to paint the collage as a kaleidoscope. This evolved into the series of mandalas depicting events in each decade of US History. The second process evolved into my current series, "Tropical Surreal" where I set up a still life in my studio (yes, I have an alligator skull) and place it in a surreal landscape from my imagination.
Why do you create art?: Creating art is fun, as well as challenging and rewarding. For me it is a catharsis for the challenges and obstacles in life – not just my own experiences, but my reaction to the experiences of others as well.
What inspires your art?: Play and experimentation inspires my art. In college, particularly in design classes, my professors often required the design assignment to “make a statement”. I still do that. I like to tell a story, call attention to an issue or visit a topical matter. The challenge becomes the degree of subtlety in the message, leaving the viewer to their own interpretation.
Islands On The Half Shell2 36 x 36
Gator Bite 34 x 34 Acrylic on Canvas
Small Works Half Shell
Rising 10 x 10 Acrylic on Canvas
Inner Peace 20 x 24 Acrylic on Canvas
Washed Ashore In The New World 12 x 24 Acrylic on Canvas
Georgia On My Mind 24 x 12
Against All Odds 30 x 15 Acrylic on Canvas
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