“Art is entwined in my being. It always has been. As I explore a more free expression of my art, working with acrylics, I find that my art is taking on a life of its own. What I have in my head as a starting point, is soon overcome by my hand.”
“My work has progressed over the past 20 years, starting with works done primarily in prismacolor pencil. I have experimented with mixed media, collage and gouche, as well as acrylics. I love the juxtaposition of geometric shapes and animal forms. COLOR is an integral part of my work. My creative direction has led me towards painting with acrylics on large canvases, utilizing brushes, fingers, toes, rollers or anything that will perform as a tool. ”
Sharon Pierce McCullough, a multi-disciplinary artist and sculptor, was born in Granite City, Illinois in 1943. She currently resides in the Cashtown area of Pennsylvania. Her use of vivid colors has always been one of the most striking aspects of her work, with geometrics being the most repetitive theme. Her paintings reflect meaning relative to self, relationships and choices one makes in life. Her sculptures, reflective of her love of simplicity, make use of ordinary and recycled materials to create unique, organic pieces of art. An underlying thread of “fun” has always permeated her works.
McCullough’s current body of work includes large canvas paintings and life-size sculptures. Some of her most recent sculptures combine the use of thick glass, metal, mosaics and cement to cover large armatures constructed from steel and rebar. Her definitive style continues in her sculptures with the use of bold colors of glass combined with the ordinary look of cement. There is a spontaneity to her work as she explores the relationship of positive and negative space, color and form. Her original artwork has been collected and displayed in private homes, businesses, children’s hospitals and public buildings across the country.
McCullough attributes her love of whimsy and lightheartedness to the years she spent raising her five children. Her designs can be found on giftware, cards, rugs, paper products and home decor. She is also a Children’s Book Author/Illustrator. Sharon’s work is included in numerous public and private collections.
Sharon started her professional career as an artist in 1992. She developed a style during her early years as an artist that is naive, yet childlike, working primarily with colored pencils. Her use of vivid colors is one of the most striking aspects of her work, with animals being the most repetitive theme. This early work, which is very recognizable, appeals to both adults and children. Many of her early works were published by the New York Graphic Society, with several images still in print. She is an author/illustrator of many Children’s Picture Books.
2017 – Sculpture Award, MD Federation of Art, Annapolis MD
2016 – Sculpture Design Award, Caldwell Arts Council, Lenoir NC
2016 – Judges Merit Award, Sculpture Celebration 2016, Lenoir NC
2015 – First Place for Sculpture, Art of the State, State Museum of Pennsylvania
- 2014 – Color Me Happy, Adams County Arts Center, Gettysburg, PA
- 2012 – Color, Color Everywhere, Gallery 30, Gettysburg, PA
- 2008 – Blue Parrot, Gettysburg, PA
- 2018, (invitational/ scheduled) Caldwell Arts Center, Lenoir NC (sculpture)
- 2017, Eye of the Beholder, MFA Circle Gallery, Annapolis MD (sculpture)
- 2017, La Vie en Bleu, Strathmore Arts, North Bethesda, MD,
- 2017, Fur, Feathers & Fins, Annmarie Sculpture Garden, Solomons MD
- 2016, Sculpture Celebration 2016, Caldwell Arts Council, Lenoir NC
- 2016, Sculpture Celebration 2015, Caldwell Arts Council, Lenoir NC
- 2015, Art of the State, State Museum of Pennsylvania, HBG. PA,
- 2015 Biennial, Rochester Fine Art Museum, Rochester NH
- 2015, Found in Transition, Susquehanna Art Museum, Harrisburg PA
- 2014, Fall Art Show, ACAC, Gettysburg, PA 2014,
- 2014, Schmucker Gallery, Gettysburg College, Gettysburg PA
- 2013, Abstracts, ACAC, Gettysburg, PA
- 2009, Virginia Art & Craft Festivals, Annandale VA 1998- 2009
- 2008, Artfest, Harrisburg PA
- 2005, deCordova Museum “Gallery on the Go”, Lincoln, MA 2002-2005
- 2005, Harrisburg Arts Council Exhibit, Harrisburg PA
- 2004, Richmond Art in the Park, Richmond, VA
Public Art Installations:
Drive Through Art, Five Points Gallery, City of Norfolk, VA, 2017
Artist in Residence, Adams County Arts Council Star Grant, in conjunction with the Migrant Education & ESL Summer Program, July 2006
Project: 2D Tropical Art Collage created from participating children’s art.
Artist in Residence, Franklin Township Elementary School (Gettysburg School District), January 2004 Every child in the school took part in this project.
Project: Life-size Paper Mache figure over a wood/ wire armature.
Work History: 1986-2008, CEO/Founder, Curator of visual arts, Virginia Craft Festivals, N.VA/ DC area.
Member: International Sculptors
National Sculpture Society
UCI Medical Center, Pediatrics, Orange County CA
CHKD Childrens Hospital, Norfolk VA
Publications: (author / illustrator)
How To Books (1984 -1990)
Making Whirligigs & Other Wind Toys (Sterling, Sharon Pierce)
Making Folk Toys & Weathervanes
Making Holiday Folk Toys & Figures
Making Miniature Country Houses
Making Old-Time Folk Toys
Childrens Books (2001 – 2002)
Bunbun, the Middle One (Barefoot Books, Sharon Pierce McCullough)
Bunbun at Bedtime
Bunbun at the Fair
+ 30 Childrens ebook titles: iBooks / Amazon / Barnes & Noble (2004- 2012)
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