Sharon Williams is a professional artist based in the Wychwoods in the Cotswolds, UK
My work can be viewed by appointment at my studio near Burford
or at Opal Fine Art in Stratford upon Avon.
Please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org, or 07776 252314
to discuss commission ideas or to purchase existing artwork.
Opal Fine Art, Stratford upon Avon, UK, October 2023 onwards
ICONS: Bowie, Marilyn & Jimi
Group Exhibition, Farnham Pottery
Quennells Hill, Wrecclesham, Farnham GU10 4SL.
April 29 - May 18 2023
Church Road, Chadlington OX7 3LX
May 13 - 21 2023
Group Exhibition, Farnham Pottery
June 10 -July 10 2022
Opal Fine Art, Stratford upon Avon
Wychwood Art, Deddington
Burford Gallery, Burford Garden Co.
OX Magazine March 2023
The Women's Issue celebrating International Women's Day
Front cover and article
Practical Poultry July 2015, Style at Home June 2015 & Country Homes & Interiors December 2014
I regularly work to commission and particularly enjoy the collaborative aspect of working with others to create an artwork to fit their brief.
Sharon Williams is an artist and former illustrator based in the Cotswolds, UK.
Following a foundation course in Art and Design, I trained at Harrow College,
University of Westminster (BA hons Illustration) where in my first year
I was awarded the Sam Marshall Drawing prize.
Since graduating in the mid-nineties I've have had a successful career as an illustrator & was represented by Advocate Art one, of the leading illustration agencies. I specialised in producing artwork for paper products, greetings cards, magazines, fine art prints and children's books, working with clients such as Templar Books, Dorling Kindersley, IPC Magazines, Woodmansterne, The Home Office, Marks & Spencer, Barnardos, Oxfam & Greenpeace.
After moving to the Cotswolds and having a family I've relished creating paintings for exhibition and have especially enjoyed working on larger paintings as illustrations tend to be small. My style and technique have developed significantly and have consolidated during this period of exploration. My influences are wide and varied and are often drawn from the beauty of the local landscape. Portraits remain a particular interest for me and I enjoy the creative battle of capturing both a likeness and the 'essence' of the sitter.
I paint expressively in both oil and acrylic using multiple layers, marks and textures which are often scraped back to reveal contrasting colours beneath or partially obscured by further layers. I'm often influenced by the 'chance' mark or colour combination and enjoy pushing the boundaries between realism and more painterly passages of paint.
I mentor and tutor a diverse group of twenty five artists in Farnham, Surrey, their enthusiasm and accomplishments are immensely rewarding and our studio conversations provide a constant source of inspiration!
I am currently working on a series of large 'ICONS' portraits several of which can be viewed at Opal Fine Art in Stratford upon Avon, UK. I've sold Cotswold landscapes through The Gallery, Burford Garden Company & portraits, hens and landscapes through Wychwood Art Gallery in Deddington. I exhibit regularly with my art group at The Farnham Pottery, Wrecclesham, Farnham, Surrey.
Absolutely delighted with this, Sharon has really captured Bowie here and the rest of the details in the clothing and the background are stunning in real life, photos do not really do it justice. Sharon was great to work with, she took the time to listen to exactly what I wanted and sent regular updates and visuals as the piece took shape. I had the pleasure of meeting Sharon on delivery of the finished article she is such a talented and lovely lady, nothing is too much trouble and I would very much recommend her.
Joanne ( a suprise Christmas present for her husband)
Portrait arrived today in perfect condition! He absolutely loves it and says the likeness is amazing. Sometime in the future, I think I will have to commission one of him! THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!
Brannon (portrait as as a surprise Anniversary gift )
Just to let you know, the portrait arrived safely this morning. I'm really pleased with the result and the iterative process you used to develop this, I really appreciated the feedback and discussion on the best picture.
I am the very happy recipient of a wonderful painting by you of me! It is a true likeness, despite having never met me. I am thrilled with it. Thank you very much.
Nick Stewart (regarding his surprise 60th portrait from his staff)