I've always loved drawing and painting, ever since I was a child, and have been fortunate to have a career as a professional illustrator. Several years ago, I was introduced to pastels as a medium and became excited by the vibrancy of the pigments and the possibilities that this medium gives an artist.
The rich colors produced by clear Colorado skies, and the variety of shapes in landscapes provide an endless source of inspiration. I'm always looking for the shapes in nature that make an interesting composition. Even a simple subject, like a single tree, can make an exciting painting, filled with abstract shapes, patterns, and colors.
When I paint, I don't try to illustrate the scene precisely. My goal is to create a feeling of the landscape and to convey the essence of the place.
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Sharon Cartwright has worked as a professional illustrator since 1974, after graduating from Vesper George School of Art, Boston MA. While in the commercial art program, she had experience working as a graphic designer at a small advertising agency in Boston. She started her career as an illustrator at Rustcraft Greetings Inc. in Dedham, MA.
Cartwright was employed with Hallmark Cards, Inc. at their Colorado Springs, CO studio for over nine years, illustrating cards, giftwrap, calendars, baby albums, and other decorative products. She was also employed as an artist with Current, Inc. for eight years.
She has illustrated numerous children’s books, including The Night Before Christmas, published by Random House in 1999. Cartwright currently does freelance illustration, including digital artwork for children’s publications.
In the past several years, Cartwright has ventured into fine art, using pastels and oils. In 2006 her oil painting of Mary and Baby Jesus, Beautiful Savior, received Best of Show at the Imago Dei Christmas Exhibit at Woodmen Valley Chapel in Colorado Springs. The painting was also chosen as a Meritorious Entry for the Richeson 75 International Art Competition, Artist’s Choice 2008.
Cartwright has exhibited pastel paintings in several juried exhibits, and has received a number of awards.
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