Sharon Gallagher enjoys working with oils and acrylics, as well as creating collage and murals in her Harford County home studio. Sharon’s art has been widely recognized with many awards including an honorable mention for the Rottler Award for Excellence in the Arts from York Art Association, Second Place in the Havre de Grace Juried Summer Arts Festival, and Third Place in the Elkton Art Association Juried Show. In addition, her work was chosen for “Works by Contemporary Maryland Artists” at the Government House in Annapolis. Sharon is also a published author and illustrator including two articles written on the topic of Hopi art and tradition. She co-authored the book Yema-Po: The Overseas Chinese and the Building of Lake Chabot Dam, which she illustrated as well.
Sharon holds degrees in both the arts and archaeology from the University of California, Berkeley, California State University and The Vartan Academy in Florence, Italy. She attended the California College of Arts and Crafts and the Schuler School of Fine Arts in Baltimore and continues attending workshops and lectures to further her knowledge and passion for art.
Sharon’s description of art is so inspiring. She states, “Art has a way of touching lives, even those who have never met or who lived hundreds of years apart. It has the ability to heal, to stimulate thought and help people see things in a different light; it knows no cultural boundaries and because of this, can expand and enrich our lives.” Her drive to improve and expand her art practice is motivating her to get back to work after a year-long, self-imposed hiatus. She reminds herself to focus on art by putting a note on her mirror that states “Get up and work immediately” and “Make Time.” When she is working, she usually listens to either classical music or rock music, depending on the art piece.
When Sharon isn’t working hard in her studio she can be found traveling, reading, swimming, gardening, and writing.
Check out Sharon’s answers to our “Quick Round” below:
1. Coffee or Tea? Definitely coffee
2. Cats or Dogs? Cats become our home’s visible soul.
3. Beach or Mountains? I find the beach to be a meditative source of peace, restoring balance from the demands of everyday life.
4. Music or Movies? Both!
5. Country or City? I think we need both; one for mental stimulation-the museums, theater, good restaurants, the symphony-and the other for relaxation and the contemplation of nature.
6. Favorite Movie- Midnight in Paris
7. Favorite Song- Depends on my mood- Puccini’s “Nessun dorma” or James Brown’s “I Feel Good”
8. Favorite Food- Indian
9. Favorite Childhood Memory- Seeing “Peter Pan” on Broadway.
10. Favorite artist (can be historical or modern)- Historical- John Singer Sargent. Modern- Cai Guo-Qiang
11. Favorite place to vacation or visit: St. Petersburg, Florida and Paris, France.
Sharon is retired from the Fine Arts Department at Cecil College in North East, Maryland and now offers private art lessons. You can see more of Sharon’s work at www.gallagherfinearts.com or you can reach her via email at [email protected].