“Being an artist is a wonderful gift from God and I am always blessed as I share my art with others. I translate my imaginary and colorful landscapes onto the canvas as I explore the world around me. I tell a story through my art as design and harmony become part of the process. On my journey as an artist I am exploring, dreaming, and continually inspired by my ever changing surroundings and how they affect my perspective on life."
Angela Sharkey is a professional painter and graphic designer known for her joyful and brilliantly colorful art work. Her graphic design background can be seen throughout her paintings as she applies intense color, texture, and design in her work as she is influenced by her love of nature.
There is a wonderful energy in Angela's work as she captivates us with her colorful and magical world. Her process of painting with acrylics, oil, and other mixed media on black or white gessoed canvases creates layers of textural interest, and her symbolic and gestural mark-makings are an expression of her emotions as she explores new and exciting mediums.
Painting on both small and large sized canvases Angela invites the viewer to enjoy the rich and varied landscapes she creates. Drawing on her abundant memories of travels and a life of moving around the world she imbues these visions and impressions in her paintings.
Angela has exhibited her art in both the USA and Europe and as a professional artist she has over 25 years experience. As a professional she has worked in graphic design, fine art, art licensing, and art curating. Angela is currently art licensing a collection of her art with www.Artneedlepoint.com and www.directartaustralia.com and she has her own signature greeting card line AS Designs.
I studied graphic design at Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design and then worked as a graphic designer in both the USA and Europe. Working in the design and advertising industry gave me a structural base for my work as a painter. Living on both the east and west coast of the USA and having lived for 17 years in various European countries, these diverse cultural experiences have greatly influenced my art and my perspective on the world around me.
My artistic passion for painting was realized while living in the south of France where I studied with a local watercolorist. My art has transformed greatly over the years as I continue to paint. Exploring many different mediums on canvas I have developed my own signature style that was born out of a very diverse artistic background.
As an art curator at the US Embassy Tri-Mission Art Gallery in Rome, Italy from 2011-2014 I worked with many international artists. With a team of curators we organized, promoted, and curated monthly group and solo exhibits at the gallery. To promote the artist exhibits I also did free lance graphic design work for them. Working closely with other artists was very beneficial and a vital part of growing as an individual artist and this experience has influenced and enriched my work immensely.
I have participated in prestigous group, juried, and solo exhibits in the USA, Belgium, and Italy and my paintings are in private collections in the USA and throughout Europe.
Angela is an active member at The Carlisle Arts Learning Center where she volunteers, exhibits, and sells her work.
2002 Watercolor Workshop with watercolorist Madame Belli Frejus, France
1999 Painters Workshop, Langley, Virginia
1987-1989 Studied Graphic Design at MIAD, WI
Present-1990 Independent Artist, Painter/Graphic designer.
Present-2017 Art Licensing, www.DirectartAustralia.com
Present-2016 Art Licensing, www.Artneedlepoint.com
Present-2016 Consigning AS Designs greeting card line at Mending Roots Wellness, PA
August- December 2017 Consigning Original Paintings at Greatest Gift Carlisle, PA
2017-2014 Art Licensing, www.canvasriver.com
2010-2013 Art Curator/Graphic Designer, Tri-Mission Art Gallery-United States Embassy Rome, Italy.
1993-1997 Graphic Designer, Kimberly Advertising-Enterprise, Alabama.
1990-1993 Graphic Designer, Lacos Know How GMBH-Wurzburg, Germany.
Artist Gallery Member-Carlisle Arts and Learning Center, PA
Volunteer Art Docent, CALC Art Gallery, PA
Cross Catholic Outreach- http://www.crosscatholic.org
Samaritans Purse- https://www.samaritanspurse.org
Operation Smile- http://operationsmile.org
Cards For Hospitalized Kids- http://www.cardsforhospitalizedkids.com