I want my paintings to make a difference……that’s why!
I love to paint people and activities that celebrate our common humanity, or situations which weave the fabric of our daily lives.
Once Upon a Time is the story of a Bermudian encaustic artist, who woke to discover that she had been running away from the very thing she sought. Not the idyllic view o Bermuda, but a Bermuda tucked away from the travel writers. It is a story of transformative thinking.
Sharon talks about her work with fathers, black men in particular. She speaks about our vision for ourselves and our families, about raising the level of discourse, and painting our story from a position of compassion. Each of us must decide what of value we choose to bring to the proverbial table.To find work that matters, is a gift.To find purpose in work is to feed the soul. This is about fathers, the struggle to become, in spite of. It is the realisation that there is a need to paint our story and to paint it with dignity, with compassion and empathy. Whatever life I have left, I know how I choose to spend it.
Papa and Me is about the power of relationships and the power we have to influence others. It’s about how positive paintings like this one can reawaken deep emotions. They stir us, then they inspire us. They can inspire us to live our humanity.
We can only see what we believe. I am painting to awaken a sense of social awareness and to transform our view. Socialization affects what we see, and how we interpret what is in front of us. I paint to Inspire,Transform and Uplift the human spirit. Note: this video is without sound.
I’ve been painting about the everydayness of life for more than 30 years and I’m never bored by it. Humanity appears in a million hues.When you can look at me and see yourself The Charleston Church Shootings will cease, the skin bleaching with clorox by black people in Jamaica and elsewhere, will cease. When the white world believes there is a beauty equal to their own, a new day will be born for all people. My narrative is a simple one. I don’t care about what’s happening on the cutting edge of the art world. I want to “uplift, transform and inspire” everyday people. And to all who look like me. See the mirror I hold up for you to see yourselves and at last, to know you are already good enough.
This is my tribute to the families mourning the church murders in Charleston.We must live in ways that make this loss of life worth the price. It isn’t enough to feel bad, we must do better.
I can’t think of anything greater than the feeling that your life’s work can make a difference and the joy of sitting down to work with that being the driving force. I’m living and working with that intention.