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 NYC, Sharon loves small towns and big cities. She endures heat and cold, rain, wind, and even snow to capture the essence of her subjects made possible only by spending time outdoors with them and the people who happen by. And, she adds, “don’t be surprised if you find a fossilized insect in my paintings!”
Her new studio is located in downtown Raleigh at Artspace, so please stop by for new works in progress, or email firstname.lastname@example.org to begin conversations about a commissioned work.