Bio of an ‘Accidental Artist’: From Sharon Stillwater’s website
I was born on a cold, snowy night Dec. 18. 1942—a volatile mixture of Native American, faded aristocracy, Scottish reclusiveness and French haughtiness. I grew up in far northern Ohio surrounded by flowers, farm and animals, and looked after by sainted, salt of the earth Midwesterners. It was out of this Edenesque early childhood, that I developed the strength and courage needed to face the struggles of life and to endure. Read more…
Sharon Stillwater has a lovely website. I recommend you go there and look at her stunning art and read her complete bio, including the tribute to her husband. This tells you much about a woman who has found a lifeline in art. She expresses herself in compelling ways with rich colors and creative imagery.
Below are her answers to questions about her has an artist. She is one of the coordinators for the Pendaries Art League show scheduled for July. See event details below the article.
Q. What art medium do you work in?
Q. Why that medium?
A. It is where I first started painting and learning to mix colors in about 1997. I had actually planned on heading to sculpture but fell in love with colors and oil paint. I love the sheen of oil and find it easier to get soft edges. I do a lot of mixing on the canvas. I also like that you don’t have to put it under glass.
Q. What inspires you?
A. Wilderness and the human psyche.
Q. What is your preferred work environment?
A. My home studio, which is also my sun room.
Q. Who do you most admire and in what ways were you influenced by this individual?
A. It is not one individual but so many friends and others who live with integrity. They inspire me to keep going, keep hoping and keep trying.
Q. What do you most want visitors to the show to know about you as an artist?
A. That I feel that the art comes through me as a gift and I do not feel that it is something my ego can take credit for.