A phrase in a book, the change of season, family, a lecture, political event, a memory or dream, all become inspirations to spring off of. Living in a forest for the past 10 years has had a profound impact on me. I am surrounded by nature and it has seeped into my art and has become integral to all my paintings.
My art is filled with female figures and animals often within an invented environment. Materials include gold, silver, palladium leaf, carved walnut wood and jewel toned oil colors that pulsate with wonder for the world around me I have had since I was a child. Repeating patterns, cool and warm colors, animals and natural objects help to create rhythm and function as metaphors. Planting a garden, the birth of my grand daughter, political response and more inspire the symbols I choose.
The figure has been central to my work. Through the figure I believe I can express my love for humanity and appreciation for the natural world. I find these relationships integral in the stories that inspire me to create a piece of art. I try to bring that sense of wonder I experience in life to my art.
Art helps me make sense out of the world and has always been where I have found purpose and meaning. Making art brings together my hand, mind, subconscious and heart. It always centers, restores and energizes me.
Art making is mysterious, complex and challenging. Michael Pearce states in Art In The Age of Emergence, "Water is made of oxygen and hydrogen, but neither of those two elements is wet. Wetness is an emergent quality of water...Like wetness, the emergent experience of beauty is a quality that is greater than the sum of its parts."
I am an american artist. I grew up in an affluent southern NJ beach town outside of the carnival atmosphere of Atlantic City. Margate is a charming town with carefully manicured lawns, gardens, boxwoods and lots of hydrangeas all within walking distance of the Atlantic Ocean. My parents and two siblings were very articulate and verbose. Growing up painfully shy I did not find anyone particularly interested in what I had to say so I turned to art making to express my emotions in the beginning. As I grew I discovered art making as a language and began to use it to express my ideas as well as my feelings.
I had a fairly typical childhood other than being the daughter of a Syrian Jewish immigrant which made us feel quite different from other families. By contrast my suburban life seemed lacking in the adventure and drama my parents experienced.
Attending University of Pennsylvania I was granted an opportunity to study independently with Neil Welliver, then director of the graduate school of Fine Arts at Penn. A rare opportunity for an undergraduate. Upon graduation I studied at Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. At that point I was not ready to commit myself to an art career. I became a Private Investigator, Cocktail Waitress, Commercial Artist, and I received the equivalent of an BS degree as I thought about becoming a Physical Therapist. In a effort to be practical I earned a Teachers Certification, married and raised two beautiful children. Throughout, though, I never abandoned making art. I eventually returned to what I knew I was in my heart and the only thing that always satisfied my soul, becoming a painter.
I find art making centers me and keeps me focused on the essence of life, an inward journey full of the adventure I perceived as missing from my childhood. I am completely absorbed in this fascinating work and its process. There are so many decisions to be made and it is always challenging. It adds a richness to my life that is unparalleled as far as I can tell. I really had no choice but to become an artist as I always felt myself one. Art chose me and not the other way around.
Presently, my studio is attached to my home nestled within 2.4 acres of virgin forest. For the past 10 years or so I have attended a weekly artist critique group. We share our work and get valuable feedback, support and is a place to share our discoveries, art and techniques.
Sharon Sayegh is a contemporary artist who lives and works in New Jersey. Her work tackles universal as well as political themes through metaphor and symbolism. It is infused with the beauty of nature, animals and women. She works in oils with gold, silver, and palladium leaf.
She earned her Bachelor of Arts from University of Pennsylvania where she studied under Neil Welliver and graduated Cum Laude. She continued her art studies at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. She has received various awards for her artwork.
She exhibited in the Human Rights Exhibition at South Texas College, as well as the Holocaust Museum Houston. Her work is in the permanent collection of South Texas College, McAllen, Tx. as well as other private collections.
She is a member of National Association of Women Artists. She was an invited Curator/Juror at Alliance of Monmouth County, Red Bank NJ. Her work was a featured artist at TedXNavasink2014. She has won many awards for her art. Her work has been exhibited in New Jersey Arts Annual, the statewide prestigious art exhibition. She was featured artist in Artsy Shark and has work featured in many arts and literary publications
Her work has been reviewed bu John Boylan in U Got It, and by Dr. Richard Benkin in interfaith Strength for her Series, "Brave Hearts: Warriors for Peace".