Artist Profile - Sharon DeSailly
Words like 'joyful' and 'vibrant' are used often to describe Sharon DeSailly's contemporary impressionist paintings. Use of brilliant colours in oils and acrylics, and bold texture are recognisable elements giving her paintings strong physical and emotional impact. As a full time artist living in Bayside Melbourne, as well as being an avid traveller within Australia and overseas, she easily finds inspiration. Through her paintings, the viewer is invited into the scene to 'be there' in an almost tactile way. Her collections are usually based around natural 'scapes' - seas, trees and land - balancing perspective, the effects of sunlight, shadow, and uplifting movement.
Paintings by Sharon DeSailly celebrate all living beauty. She is a third generation Australian painter, especially benefiting from a lifetime of learning and influence from her very accomplished artist father, John Leeden. She has exhibited in numerous art shows and group exhibitions, with her work hanging in private collections across the country and internationally. Apart from this website, you can find her work at Zuz Arte Gallery in Beaumaris as well as online art sales platforms BlueThumb and Outback Creative.
Having painted for pleasure for well over a decade, five years ago I stepped out of the corporate scene to improve my wellbeing, and pursued my passion for creating joyful, impactful paintings. Now, as a full time artist, I am constantly reaching for the paintbrushes to capture scenes of ever-changing colour, light and energy from the bay, the beautiful city of Melbourne, the Mornington Peninsula and the Dandenong Ranges. I'm also at my happiest painting memories and scenes that tell the story of travelling all over Australia, from the outback to the islands and forests.
After completing a BA at Monash University, my art education in recent years has primarily been through lessons with other professional artists, including the delightful Gail Barton who led me into the joys of oils a decade ago, brilliant Texas floral artist, Nancy Medina and Master art classes with US painter, Bill Inman. I am also blessed to have learned much about 'seeing' the world from my wonderfully talented artist father, John Leeden. Am now predominantly "self directed", continuing to develop and experiment by participating in Australian art events, exhibitions and workshops and serve on the Committee of the Brighton Art Society.