450 Harrison Avenue, #412a
Boston, MA 02118
Sharon Whitham is a printmaker and mixed-media artist who spends part of the year working out of her studio in Boston, and nearly half the year on Great Cranberry Island off the coast of Maine. For the past four years, she has spent part of the winter in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Sharon majored in Fine Arts at Ramapo College of New Jersey, and holds a B.S. in Public Health from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and an Ed. M. in Counseling and Consulting Psychology from Harvard University.
Sharon has studied a variety of media – including printmaking, mixed media, Chinese calligraphy, encaustic monotypes, and painting – at the New Art Center in Newton, MA; the DeCordova Museum School in Lincoln, MA; the Arsenal Center for the Arts in Watertown, MA; and at Fabrica la Aurora in San Miguel De Allende, Mexico. Whitham’s work is shown regularly throughout the New England area as well as national and international print exhibitions. Sharon is represented by Artemis Gallery, Mystic Osprey Gallery and Bostonart.com. She also teaches printmaking out of her Boston studio.
I am inspired by the beauty, resilience and changes that occur in the natural world, and most especially the paradox of permanence/impermanence. I am interested in the organic shapes and patterns in nature of rocks, tree bark, feathers, etc. I am drawn to these by their beauty of design and shape, their color, a sense of history, connectedness and transience.
My work focuses on themes of loss, change, cycles and rhythms, spiritual and physical journeys, and our connections to each other and the natural world. More recently, I have been interested in the idea of balance, in its many forms: physical; spiritual; cultural; the demands of contemporary life; and navigating a path through a very complex world.
I hope my work conveys a sense of the limitless variation in patterns in nature and their inherent beauty and mystery. And that within these images are contained elements of creation, change, struggle, balance, and making connections.
PROCESS AND MATERIALS
I work primarily with oil inks and paints using an image transfer process from a plexiglass plate to paper. I typically use the white of the paper for my whites, as in watercolors. The paper may go through the press multiple times to create several layers of imagery. I also often work back into a piece with pastel, watercolors or pen ink to add some extra dimension.