Enjoy the delightful watercolor portfolio of artist Sharon Harms, and be sure to visit her website to see more of her work.
At a very early age, I knew I wanted to be an artist. My family was always very supportive of my interest in art because there were several successful artists in my family tree. Public school art classes being what they were at that time, my parents decided I needed more serious instruction and enrolled me in classes at the Art Institute of Chicago at the age of eight. I continued to take those classes until after high school.
After graduating high school, I enrolled as a full-time student at the American Academy of Art, also in Chicago, to pursue a career in design and illustration.
Following my studies at those two fine schools, I began my artistic career in various agencies and studios in Chicago. I worked as an illustrator and graphic designer for the Chicago Tribune and Nu-Art Greetings before moving to West Virginia in 1976 to illustrate paper products for a large paper product wholesaler.
In 1987, my husband and I started Image Associates LLC in Charleston, West Virginia. Image Associates is an award-winning advertising, marketing and public relations firm with an emphasis on high-end, regional, film and video production. My main responsibilities within Image Associates are graphic design, illustration, print production, set design and art direction.
Having studied painting with nationally renowned watercolorist Irving Shapiro and internationally renowned painter Mohammed Drisi, I have continued to pursue artistic goals through painting. One of my paintings was an award winner in the first West Virginia Juried Exhibit and in the 2013 West Virginia Juried Exhibit.
I won an Award of Excellence for the painting “A Tiger Convergence” which is now part of the West Virginia Permanent Collection. In 2011, another of my paintings was purchased out of a state show also to become part of the West Virginia Permanent Collection.
Among my collectors I am known for a sense of brilliant color and magnificent light. I am inspired by the natural wonder and wildlife that surrounds me in my West Virginia home and in the places I have traveled. I never go anywhere without my camera. It allows me to capture inspirational images that later become reference material for my watercolors.
My paintings reflect my love of nature, personal observations and my fondest memories. My goal is to record my thoughts and feelings in a lifelong pictorial journal.
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