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Sharon Snelling

I’ve done various types of art during my life, but watercolor is the one that really speaks to me. ­I’m inspired by light, color and contrast in my subjects. The way color is used in different countries and cultures fascinates me. I draw from my experiences living in Japan, Germany and Switzerland, plus extensive travels in Europe, Britain, Australia, Morocco, Hawaii and much of the continental U.S.

When I look at an object which most people would see as shades of single color, I see the spectrum of colors which combine to enrich that subject. As an artist, it’s my task to interpret, blend and layer those colors and present them to the viewer.

Living on a small, beautiful Pacific Northwest island filled with amazing artists, I’m inspired by the creativity that surrounds me. In the winter I fly to southern California, which is always a culture shock but inspires me in different ways.

Among my subjects have been highly detailed paintings of flowers, fruit, Moroccan boats, a rusty 1949 Ford, baskets filled with argan nuts, herons and still lifes.  My “Purple Rain” flower was one of the Stanwood-Camano Arts Guild’s photos in the 2023 CAA Studio Tour guidebook and was also the winning watercolor in the Guild’s 2022 Art Aloft show.

“Waiting in Essoauria” was in the Guild’s 2022 Color and Light show, a regional juried art show. It’s companion “Dry Dock” painting was accepted into the NWWS 2023 Annual Waterworks Online Membership Exhibition and appears in the catalog for that show.

My two heron paintings, “Snowy Heron” and “Heron by the Shore” were chosen as banners which were hung on light poles in Stanwood  in  Fall 2022.

I was commissioned to paint a piece by the Stanwood-Camano Historical Society titled “Music to My Ears” of an old horn from a gramophone. It was on exhibit there and is part of a card collection that is used as a fundraiser.