Sharon Whitham

Sharon Whitham

I am a printmaker inspired by patterns and shapes in nature, the impermanence of natural life, as well as Buddhist and spiritual symbolism. Questions of origin, place, path, journey and transformation inform my work. I am drawn to the printmaking medium as it allows me to use both my left and right brain abilities. The appeal for me is that it can be both spontaneous and highly technical. There is a ‘letting go’ in the process once the ink leaves the plate and transfers to the paper as it goes through the press.

Whatever process or technique is used – both the plate and the paper go on a journey as the ink and images are layered. I am a part of that process and the journey is both internal and literal. Every print is original and unique and the transformation that occurs in creating a print has all the elements of vision, struggle, mystery, grace and sometimes illumination.

I began my studies in art many years ago in college and continue to study with many teachers in the Boston area and in Maine. My current studies have taken me to Chinese calligraphy and brush painting, as well as large-scale linoleum cut printmaking.

More recently my work explores pattern and shapes in nature both within the landscape and in the abstract. I am endlessly inspired by the beauty, resilience and changes that occur in the natural world, and most especially the paradox of permanence/impermanence.

I have exhibited my work in many group and solo exhibitions throughout New England. My work can also be seen at my studio at 450 Harrison Avenue, Studio 412a in Boston.