Practicing my art is a rejuvenating and refreshing, a wonderful escape – partly prayer, partly meditation, always an adventure. I love the moments of happening onto the perfect brush stroke that communicates beauty and emotion, or a color that makes my painting come alive, conveying a particular mood and moment, capturing dramatic lighting, the power and movement of the sea. I like to paint moments that touch me – and hope that you experience a bit of joy and peace when you view my work.
Born in Indiana and raised in Ashland, OR, Sharon Abbott-Furze has had a life-long passion for art, starting with crayons and her Dad’s linoleum knife etchings on the roof of their home – not so well received! Discouraged by a high school art teacher, she kept her passion to herself but continued to draw. Later in life, she was encouraged to paint by an art teacher, Connie Adams, an accomplished artist and colorist at a local frame shop. She also took some seascape classes from Harvey Von Baseman, and was privileged to take two workshops from Byron Pickering, her favorite seascape artist. Beyond that, practice has been her teacher.
Sharon’s paintings have won many awards and have been used in Portland Oregon Street of Dreams. She has taught in the past and will be doing occasional seascape classes, the next in June 2014 in Vancouver WA, where she presently lives.
Her work is shown at Primary Elements Gallery in Cannon Beach, OR. and on her website at www.sfago.com