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Sharon R. Bass is one of the South’s exciting new artists. Her work is unique in a number of ways, but a defining difference is that she paints en plein air. Working on location allows her to experience and portray the richness of her subject, its surroundings, sounds, smells, and happenings that come together to make it what it is. Her paintings tell a story that can only be learned through the patience of being there.


Sharon’s paintings are colorful and exuberant. Her style is fresh, bold, and not overly bound by time or realism. Her paintings do not dictate, rather they interpret and they provide a ‘first step’ in an imaginative visual journey. From the quiet beauty of expansive salt marshes against deep blue skies to time worn storefronts, each has a wonderful story to tell.


Born and raised in Asheville, NC, and a graduate of the School of Visual Arts in New York City, Sharon is equally comfortable in small towns and big cities. Her studio is currently located in downtown Raleigh, N.C.. Please contact her at or 919-906-1334, to see new works-in-progress or to discuss a commissioned painting.