Sharon Lawless is a visual artist majoring in landscape and portrait painting.
My first experiences as an artist was as I child drawing and painting as soon as I could hold a pencil, I remember at the age of 5 painting in the front window of my mother’s dining room in Dublin.
One Saturday morning. after a dinner party, my mother held, I created what I thought was a masterpiece out of leftover coleslaw and salad cream. I remember my mothers face when she looked at it that morning.
My initial influences was through the Masters - Constable, Michelangelo, Lavery and Humbert Craig who introduced me to cloud and sky scenes.
I then moved on to the impressionist’s and post movements.
I started Oil painting in 1981 at the age of 15 and self taught having studied art at senior school and moved on to Graphic Design in Athlone RT College, and It was there I realized I wanted to pursue my career in art and I wanted to have a free hand without influence.
In 1984 I started work as a Trainee Graphic Designer at The Art Department, based in Sandymount Dublin.
I designed, album covers, window displays and producing various illustrations for production.
In 1986, I to traveled to the UK to pursue work as a career as a freelance artist, selling some of of painting’s to survive and remain completely self-taught and worked on commissioned pieces.
Then in 2007 the arrival of my daughter meant my painting career slowed down for a while..
I study through practical experience, learning through trial and error and self-learning, and I mastered my craft and technique over the years through observation of the subject.
In 2020 I was diagnosed with breast cancer and it allowed to pursue my love of painting again. It has given me a new lease of life and excitement to pursue my career as an artist.
I work primarily in Oils on canvas and I have a great interest with the sky and cloud formations.
“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.”