I am inspired by the beauty, resilience and changes that occur in the natural world, and most especially the paradox of permanence/impermanence. I am interested in the organic shapes and patterns in nature of rocks, tree bark, feathers, leaves, etc. I am drawn to these by their beauty of design and shape, their color, a sense of history, connectedness and transience.
My work focuses on themes of loss, change, cycles and rhythms, spiritual and physical journeys, and our connections to each other and the natural world. More recently, I have been interested in the idea of balance, in its many forms: physical; spiritual; cultural; the demands of contemporary life; and navigating a path through a very complex world. My work is also influenced by the current state of divisiveness in our country and on the planet, especially the crises around immigration and climate change.
Sharon Whitham is a printmaker and mixed-media artist who spends part of the year working out of her studio in Boston, and nearly half the year living on an island off the coast of Maine. She majored in Fine Arts at Ramapo College of New Jersey, and holds a B.S. in Public Health from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and an Ed.M. in Counseling and Consulting Psychology from Harvard University. Sharon continues to explore and practice her art – including printmaking, Chinese calligraphy and brush painting, fiber arts, encaustic, watercolor and pastels.
Sharon is represented by Artemis Gallery (Northeast Harbor, ME), Mystic Osprey Gallery (Beaufort, SC) and BostonArt at the Boston Design Center. Her work is shown regularly throughout the New England area as well as at national and international print exhibitions. Recent exhibitions include: Piano Craft Gallery and Galatea Fine Art in Boston; MFA Circle Gallery in Annapolis, the Mosesian Center for the Arts in Watertown; and University Place Gallery in Cambridge. Sharon is a member of the Six X Ten Women’s Art Collective, as well as several other art associations.