Artist Profile - Sharon DeSailly
Sharon's paintings are largely about recognising beauty in the everyday. She sees art as a 'tap on the shoulder', inviting reverie, a sense of 'being there' and of our place in the ever changing seasons. Working with oils on canvas and wood, her bold colour palette and powerful style give her paintings strong physical and emotional impact.
Every painting is a leap of faith; an excitement and compulsion to begin the play of light, form and colour, allowing the subject to evolve during the process. Sharon finds painting with oils to be a meditative creative experience in itself. Her contemporary impressionist collections so far have been based on seas, trees and flora, balancing perspective, light, drama and uplifting movement.
Sharon has exhibited in numerous art shows and group exhibitions, with her work hanging in private collections across the country.
Having painted for pleasure for well over a decade, two years ago I stepped out of the corporate scene to improve my wellbeing and emerged with a rekindled passion for creating joyful, impactful paintings. Now, as a full time artist living in Melbourne's Bayside, I paint daily and am surrounded by inspiration from the diversity of living by the bay, within a short drive to the city of Melbourne, the Mornington Peninsula and the Dandenong Ranges. I’m constantly reaching for my paintbrushes to capture scenes of ever-changing colours, light, mood and energy.
Having completed a BA at Monash University, my art education in recent years has been through lessons from other Melbourne artists, including an introduction to acrylics with Jennifer Webb a decade ago, the delightful Gail Barton who led me into the joys of oils, and more recently brilliant Texas artist, Nancy Medina. I am also blessed to have learned much from my acclaimed and wonderfully talented artist father, John Leeden. Am now predominantly "self directed", continuing to develop by participating in local art groups, exhibitions and workshops with local and overseas painters.