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.”
“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 of her travels by bike through Island Lake Trail. Movement plays an important role in her process and gives energy to her paintings. Using large brushes and palette knives enables her to work in an intuitive manner, letting colour explode on her canvas.
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 Groups in the area and a member of the Dufferin Arts Council. Her recent work is available locally and on-line and can be seen in national and international collections.
Some of the paintings you see on the site are older pieces that are here to illustrate what I have done so they may no longer be available, but if you are interested in a particular piece, please email me as I have been able to make prints of some of them on request. My original work is available through galleries, other sites and in person at shows throughout the region. I will accept commission work and am happy to give you a quote on your special painting needs.
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
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
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,
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
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
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,
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
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
2006-2016 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, Orangeville Art Group, Supporter Friends of Island Lake