Hello, my name is Sharon Ould and I'm a self-taught artist. I was born in London in 1974, I now live on the Isle of Wight, England and have done so since 1979 after moving here with my family. I've been drawing and painting since I was a child.
I love to paint, it’s my passion and as a result have decided to pursue my dream and try to make a success of my artistic skills.
I think it is to do with the feelings I get from the initial excitement of seeing something that inspires me, through to the meditative state that can sometimes be achieved whilst actually painting and then the rewarding buzz that I get from seeing the end result appear in front of me.
I suppose in some ways it’s become an obsession, I always have the urge to paint.
If I’m not painting I am usually either thinking about painting, reading about painting or talking about painting, I think I was just born to paint!
Painting makes me happy and I love it when my work evokes a reaction, a memory or makes other people happy.
My inspiration comes from the countryside and my everyday surroundings, usually when I’m out walking or driving I notice a scene that will catch my eye and arouse a reaction within. I will usually try and record it either instantly on my camera or go back later and capture it and get very excited as the idea ‘dances’ around in my mind and I often can’t wait for my painting time, where if I get into the right frame of mind, the picture seems to flow out of me and somehow almost magically paints itself.
Although I am still experimenting and not sure if I have found my own style just yet I feel more recently my paintings have become impressionistic in style, more spontaneous and dramatic, giving vibrant and raw effects, in contrast to my past detailed watercolour work.
In the last couple of years I've enjoyed using water mixable oils and I mostly love to use a bright and strong colour palette along with thoughtful composition to give my paintings a dynamic and expressive character. I try to bring my paintings alive by playing with light and colour. To me the emotional connection and impact of a work is hugely important along with the story it tells.
At present I am enjoying using water mixable oils but I like to use any number of mediums including acrylic, pastel, watercolour and digital painting.
Favourite artists that I am a particular admirer of are Joaquin Sorolla and Edward Henry Potthast, I love how they captured the effects of the sunlight and gave their vibrantly coloured pictures ambience and feeling.
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