“Over the last few years, much of my creative work has been in response to the natural environment. The work is about something I’ve spent quite a bit of time with, and appreciated its presence, such as the cormorants that populated our stretch of river one summer, the 11 white egrets the next summer, and the trees and other plants and birds on our property on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. More recently, I have begun to work in a narrative style, conjuring memories of childhood on my grandparents’ farm, for instance, working alongside migrant workers and playing with their children. These narratives and others touch on social constructions that trigger memories and elicit emotions in the viewer.”

Sharon holds a BS in Art Education and Masters and Doctoral degrees in special education and disability related fields. Her career has spanned 35 years as a recreation therapist, special educator, academic researcher, and university adjunct professor, specializing in intellectual disabilities and autism. She incorporates the visual arts in her work with people with disabilities, and she has national recognition for her leadership in arts and disabilities policies and practice.

Visit Sharon at her studio:

Columbia Pike Artists’ Studios, studio 5, by appointment.