The Artist


L to R   Bootsy, Sharon and Luna


        Welcome to my website. I hope to share with you my art journey and some of my process through these pages and my blogs. One of the things I believe in as an artist is to create with energy, with commitment and with joy. I believe that for an artist to achieve true growth, they must be able to take chances and make a lot of mistakes along the way.  As artists we should “Make Art, not excuses.”


Artist Statement

“Nothing is static. Nothing stays the same. What I see with my eyes becomes unsettled as it shifts and alters itself, unclear in the fading sun. What I once thought of as papery birch trunks, reaching through the forest light are now blurred lines and fuzzy edges of light, ever moving, ever changing. A reflection of what once was, now in a continuous dance of light and movement. This is motion that is destined to change with each setting of the sun. This is a moment to be savored and enjoyed as it will never be exactly the same again.”

Movement plays an important role in Sharon’s creative process. Because of her strong connection to the outdoors she travels by bike to work on location and also takes reference photos for studio work. Using large brushes and palette knives enables her to work in an intuitive manner, letting colour explode on her canvas, giving energy to her work.

“I see my art as an ongoing journey and myself as a fortunate explorer.”


Sharon Wadsworth-Smith Biography

Sharon Wadsworth-Smith was born in the winter of 1956 in Regina Saskatchewan. She was a sometimes introverted, often mischievous child who spent many hours daydreaming with pencil on paper. In 1972 she moved to Vancouver to pursue her studies in Fine Art. While in Vancouver, she received her formal Associate in Arts Diploma as a Graphic Artist at Kwantlen College (now university).

She worked for several years in that field and was the graphic artist and photographer at the Clarke Institute of Psychiatry. She always kept her interest in fine arts so when she moved to Orangeville she started to take classes in watercolour at the local High School. Eventually, she ended up teaching several night school classes there, and developed her ongoing career as an Art Instructor at a variety of locations.

During the past thirty years, Sharon has been painting and teaching in several mediums. Her paintings include landscapes of the area that surround her home and she has received numerous awards for her works in watercolour and acrylic. She enjoys biking through the parks and along the Bruce Trail and her painting often depicts the scenes from these journeys. She is a strong supporter of environmental issues and the efforts made to build the trails.

In 2014, she was a recipient of the Reed Cooper Bursary which enabled her to return to college at the renowned Haliburton School of the Arts. In the summer of 2015, she pursued her Post Graduate Certificate in the intensive 16 week program, Studio Process Advancement. She lived in Haliburton during this time and visited her home on occasional long weekends.

Since her return from this course, she has been creating colourful paintings using large brushes and palette knives. Movement plays an important role in her process and gives energy to her paintings.

Sharon lives and teaches from her home studio in the Hockley Valley and numerous other studios in the area. She is involved in many local art ventures in the area and a member of the Dufferin Arts Council. Her recent work is available at select galleries, locally and on-line and can be seen in national and international collections.

Curriculum Vitae


2017  Figurative Abstract Course with Brian Smith

OCADU Toronto Ontario -through Haliburton School of the Arts

2015   Studio Process Advancement Graduate Certificate

Haliburton School of the Arts,  Fleming College, Haliburton, ON

2012   Artist as Educator, Foundation Program, Royal Conservatory of Music, Newmarket, ON

1983   Graphic Arts and Design Program Associate in Arts Diploma

Kwantlen College (now University) Surrey, B.C.

1981   Fine Arts Program, Douglas College, Richmond, B.C

Additional Courses

2016   Contemporary Landscape, John Leonard  Haliburton School of the Arts

2016   Acrylic Mediums, Kim Lee Kho  Haliburton School of the Arts

2016   Wire Sculpture, Chuck O’Neill  Haliburton School of the Arts

2013    Painting the Urban Landscape, Ivano Stocco  Wellington Museum

2013   Landscape workshop, John David Anderson  Orangeville



2018  Orangeville Arts and Culture Award Established Artist of The Year

2018  McMichael Gallery Plein Painting Competition 1st Place canvas category

2018  Arts and Culture Award for Utility Box Display

2018  Orangeville Heritage Award  wall of Art for Alder project

2017   Orangeville Heritage Award community electrical box design

2016   OAC Grant recipient show assistance

2014    The Reed Cooper Visual Arts Bursary

2014    Jurors’ Second Award, Orangeville Art Group Fall Show

2013     Jurors’ First Award, Orangeville Art Group Fall Show,

2012     Peoples’ Choice Award,  Orangeville Art Group Fall Show,


Solo Shows

2018     Just Breathe  Wadsworth-Smith Art Studio, Mono ON                                 

2017     Moving Forward  Wadsworth-Smith Art Studio, Mono ON                       

2016   Going Places Allan Pace Pottery Studio, Mono ON

2016   The Wall Dragonfly Art on Broadway, Orangeville, ON

2014   Exploring the Badlands Allan Pace Pottery Studio, Mono ON

2014    Fresh Paint Theatre Orangeville Gallery, Orangeville, ON

2012   A Matter of Taste Framed by Design, Orangeville, ON

2005   Summer Allan Pace Pottery Studio, Mono ON


2017  Cover Design Dufferin Hikes – a book by Authour Nicola Ross

2016   In our Space Magazine – Editorial – Autumn issue

2016   In the Hills Magazine – Artist in Residence – Autumn issue

2014   Brushed By Art – TV interview and demo – Rogers Network

2014   Sideroads Magazine – Cover Page Magic – Dec issue

2012   In the Hills Magazine – Artist in the Spotlight Blog – Arlene Taylor

Shows and Events

2017   Walls of Smalls, The Noodle Gallery, The Historic Alton Mill, Alton, ON

2016   Going Places, Allan Pace Pottery Studio, Mono ON

2016   Art Lecture Benefit Speaker, A Light in the Forest, Mono, ON

2015   Art Battle participant, Headwaters Arts Gallery, Alton, ON

2014   Kaleidoscope Juried Show, Headwaters Arts Gallery, Alton, ON

2014   SGI Juried Show, Headwaters Arts Festival, Alton, ON

2014   Cuisine Art Juried Show, Headwaters Arts Gallery, Alton, ON

2014   Rockstars – Badlands,  Dragonfly Window Display, Orangeville, ON

2013   Brushfire Artists Group Show, Monora Park Pavilion, Mono

2013   Mono’s Big Day Out, Mono Centre, ON

2013   Cuisine Art Juried Show, Headwaters Arts Gallery, Alton, ON

2013   A Matter of Taste Dragonfly Window Display, Orangeville,

2012    Orangeville Art Group Juried Show, Dam Gallery, Alton, ON

2012   Creative Harvest Juried Show Dufferin Museum and Archives, ON

2011   Members Gallery Group Show, Dam Gallery, Alton, ON

2009   Dragonfly Arts on Broadway, Studio Artist Orangeville, ON

2008   Headwaters Arts Festival Open Studio Mono, ON

2007   Headwaters Arts Festival Open Studio, Mono, ON

2006    Volunteers Juried Show and Sale McMichael Gallery, Kleinberg, ON

2003-2005    Headwaters Studio Tour, Mono, ON

2002   Group Show The Burdette Gallery, Orton, ON

2001   Creative Harvest Dufferin County Museum, Dufferin ON

1996-1999   High County Studio Tour, Creator – Coordinator Orangeville

1995-1996    Hills of Mulmur Studio Tour, Guest Artist , Mulmer ON

 1993-1994    The Little Gallery, Private Gallery Hockley Village, ON

Recent Employment

Present   Artist-Instructor Wadsworth Smith Art, Mono, ON

2012-2013   Instructor -Children CACY Caledon Arts Continuing Contracts

2009-2013   Instructor -Children DARE Arts worked on Contracts

2006-2018  Instructor Adults and Children Maggiolly Art Supply

1999-2011    Art Instructor Adults – Continuing Education

1998-1999    The Little Gallery Artist – Private Gallery, Hockley Village, ON

1989-1993    Graphic Artist -Photographer The Clarke Institute of Psychiatry, Toronto, ON

Organizations and Memberships

   Dufferin Arts Council, Supporter Friends of Island Lake

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