I was born in 1964, in Stoke onTrent,Staffordshire,England. However my family are all from the North East of England, and we returned there soon after my birth. The majority of my formative years were spent in Gateshead, Tyneside and so I consider myself a Geordie!
I am married to Alan and we now live in Wallasey Merseyside, which is south of Liverpool. My husband works for a large chemical company, so we have lived outside of Gateshead for the last 20 years.
I met my husband as a child, he was my best friends brother! But did not have any romantic inclinations until I was 26yrs old! We had a whirlwind romance. It happened overnight, within 2 weeks, Alan had proposed marriage and I said yes, gave up my job in Gateshead and moved to Kent to be with him and was married within 9 months of meeting him. That was 20 years ago. We don’t have any children.
The most significant event while growing up was the death of my mother. She was 34yrs I was 13. She died of a heart attack the day after my birthday. This had a profound impact on me, not only as a young girl growing into womanhood, but as to my career path
I was always good at art at school, my mother and cousins also had this talent. So I considered myself gifted! However, the death of my mother from a heart attack influenced me to take up a career in nursing. I left school at 16yrs old with only. an ‘O’ Level art and no other qualifications
I never did pursue art after school, my father told me to get a proper job! So I got some more qualifications and became a nurse.
I spent the next 30 years developing my career as a nurse, gaining qualifications to the point where I could go no further as a hands on clinical nurse without going into management which was not my thing! I have two degrees in nursing, one a masters in clinical nursing. I started painting again in 2006. I got really hooked on art and became very passionate about it all, it felt so right. So I started studying a fine art degree at Wirral Metropolitan College which is affiliated to John Moore’s University Liverpool. I graduated in July 2011 gaining a 2:1 in Ba Fine Art. So that’s three degrees! Gaining more degrees than a thermometer at this rate!
However the position I occupied in nursing was starting to take its toll! The levels of stress increased as I progressed my career to such an extent that I had to take time off from work due to stress and clinical depression. During this period I came to realise that my life needed to take a new path! I firmly believe that we are on this planet to learn and develop spiritually, otherwise what is the point to all this! I realised I had completely lost the passion for Nursing and decided to leave nursing and the NHS for good in March 2011. In all this my husband has been extremely supportive, and if it were not for him, I probably wouldn’t be here now.
I believe that things happen for a reason. As a young girl I had two choices either art or nursing. With the death of my mother I chose the latter option. However now I have completed that path and the time is right to commence the journey as an artist. I am meant to be an artist and I am now living the dream.
So far, after making a huge lifestyle adjustment, it has been the best thing I have ever done. I love art and have the passion for it that I once had for Nursing. I look upon my Nursing career with fond memories and think of it as one book closing and I am now starting a new book and chapter in life as an artist.
My figurative works are literal and abstract. They concern dissimulation, and how true feelings can be hidden behind a mask. The landscapes deal with the spirituality of both the artist and the subject, containing both a calming influence and emotive feeling through the atmospheric nature of the subject. My work reflects my optimistic, positive outlook on life and I hope that this transmits itself to the viewer. On the other hand, interaction is key to my work and what a viewer gets out of a work will vary each time he looks at a painting, depending on what has been happening that day and his emotional state. Every time is slightly different; every time is newly fresh and relevant.
Thanks for looking at my site. Sharon xx