Sharon James is a second generation West Indian, originally from London, now based in Dorset.
She holds a BA Hons in Fine Art Printmaking at Loughborough and an MA in Printmaking at Camberwell School of Art.
After a successful career as a lecturer in Art and Design, then ten years as a gallery owner, she is now a full time artist.
Sharon is a multidisciplinary artist as initially trained as a printmaker her practice has evolved since the arrival of her three children. Her practice has focused on painting and drawing using multiple tools including digital.
She has spent to the last six years exploring and enjoying the immediacy of these processes versus the more labour intensive printmaking.
Her work tends towards abstraction with the occasional forays into the figurative when the work demands it.
Her work can be influenced by the tangible or the imagined.
She likes to engage and respond to an emotion, an environment, or a moment. Harnessing the ability of brushstrokes or marks to communicate intention where words have no place. Relying on the interplay of line, colour, shape and form.
There is also an ongoing autobiographical theme that will continue to grow and develop. Exploring her experience of being a black woman, a mother, and her heritage and current affairs.
She has developed a contemporary body of work that articulates her world with vibrancy and vigour.