" My paintings are created through the lens of my vivid imagination and I am continually inspired by my ever changing surroundings. When I'm filled with inspirational colors and scenes I translate these visions onto the canvas as I journey on a personal exploration of the world around me. I take an idea and let it evolve trusting the creative process and my intuition while being open to the unpredictable. I use a combination of geometric and organic shapes with saturated colors, various mixed media elements and mark-making to create imaginary landscapes with harmony. Exploring, dreaming, and pushing myself as an artist has brought forth a wonderful freedom, a peaceful spirit, and immense joy as I continue to share my art and connect with others."
Angela Sharkey is a professional full time artist known for her landscape and abstract paintings that are graphic, bold, and brilliantly colorful. 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 how they affect her perspective on life.
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 as she tells us a story through her art.
She has exhibited her art in both the USA and Europe and as a professional artist she has over 25 years experience with a very diverse background. As a professional she has worked in graphic design, fine art, art licensing, and art curating. Angela is currently art licensing a select collection of her art with www.Artneedlepoint.com and www.canvasriver.com
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 an artist and I gained valuable experiences that continue to influence me today. 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 affected 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 and 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-2016 Consigning AS Designs greeting card line at Mending Roots Wellness, PA
Present-2016 Art Licensing, www.Artneedlepoint.com
Present-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
S.E.E. Art Salon Committee Member; CALC Art Gallery, PA
Volunteer Art Docent, CALC Art Gallery, PA