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Artists Bio : Sharon McCarthy

Sharon McCarthy was born in Bandon. She is a self taught artist who worked with an exhibition company for many years and stayed in touch with her creative side there working in graphic design - brochure layout, newspaper advertisements and sign writing. She created many projects including cartoon animation for children's rooms, hand painting furniture and sign writing.

 

Colour is the big incentive in her work from the time of subject choice to finishing a picture. She loves introducing new colours to paintings and likes experimenting with strong contrast colours, complimentary colours and with soft sensual colours. Concept is important - on starting a new painting she thinks about her concept first, i.e. colours used, mood, tones, values and shapes and this is how she draws out the feeling from her paintings. A loose style painting is what she likes most and she mainly paints with a palette knife in a fast and energetic movement to create a painting with a raw, textured meaningful style.

 

Sharon continues to work from home in Ovens dairyfarm, Co. Cork where she is constantly inspired by fields - green, ploughed, harvested, harrowed etc., trees, and animals. She allows her palette knife to capture what she sees and feels, to produce a painting with a heart beat. Irish landscapes/seacapes are fast moving and this is how there is high energy in her Irish paintings. Her woodland paintings are inspired from my past where she grew up in Bandon surrounded by woods and wild flowers.

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