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Good Trouble

Good Trouble, resin art, oil painting, Black Art, African American art, Black Lives Matter, BLM,
"Good Trouble" shows a Black male youth, much like John Lewis, who is protesting to make change in the system. The signs all around him are seen at many of the protests around our nation today. In the center of all the signs, the viewer sees the word VOTE. The right to vote is one of the central issues Lewis stayed focused upon. It is an essential tool to making change. We must exercise our right to vote and also protect these rights because many people are trying to suppress our right to vote in states across our nation.

Protect US

healthcare workers, covid19, art, nurses,
As the world is struggling with the invisible Covid19 enemy, our healthcare workers are protecting us on the front lines of this war.

I Can't Breathe

"I Can't Breathe" is a phrase all too familiar to us. It takes us back to Eric Garner dying on the streets of New York. At the time of this painting it was a kneeling on the neck of George Floyd instead of a choke hold, but both cases ended in the needless deaths of two black men. Many more Black men, women, and even children were killed before this. These deaths are outrageous! Unfortunately, our children are watching. They see these actions and wonder, "Am I Next?"

Stop Playing Politics

Stop Playing Politics With our Lives, Wisconsin, Corona virus, Covid art,
At the time when other states were postponing their elections to a later date, Wisconsin residents had to vote in their primary election. Even though the Governor gave the order to delay the election, the State Supreme Court overturned it.

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About Sharon

Anne Arundel County

Sharon Attaway's picture
Sharon Attaway is a self-taught artist who paints using a variety of mediums. Oils, resin, and multi-medium works are her favorites.  Sharon retired from the Baltimore County education system as a principal and created a second career as an artist. She is self-taught, but has taken some classes at MICA, Schuler School of Fine Arts, and Zoll School of Fine Art. In addition to abstracts, Sharon paints portraits, compositions, and still life. Her portraits are in the homes of the families of ... more

Art of 2020...and What a Year It Was!

  • Good Trouble

    Good Trouble, resin art, oil painting, Black Art, African American art
    "Good Trouble," shows a black male youth, much like John Lewis, who is protesting to make a change in the system. The signs all around him are seen at many of the protests around our nation today. In the center of all the signs, the viewer sees the word VOTE. The right to vote is one of the issues Lewis stayed focus upon. It is an essential tool to making change. We must exercise our right to vote and also protect these rights because many people are trying to suppress our right to vote in states across our nation.
  • IcantBreathe.jpg

    Black Lives Matter, I Can't Breathe, Am I Next?, Black Art, African American Art
    "I can't breathe” is a phrase that is all too familiar to us. It takes us back to Eric Garner dying on the streets of New York. This time it was a kneeling on the neck instead of a choke hold, but both cases ended in the needless deaths of two black men. And there are so many more men, women and children who could be named. These deaths are outrageous! The problem is the culture within the police force in this country where policemen have been given free rein to kill black people without cause, and no justice is given in return for these lives that are snuffed out.
  • Protect US

    Protect US, Nurses, Essential Workers, Covid19, art,
    As the world is struggling with the invisible COVID19 enemy, our healthcare workers are protecting us on the front lines of this war. These healthcare workers include doctors, nurses, and emergency medical personnel to name a few. They took an oath to swear to practice medicine ethically and honestly. Because of their commitment to the oath, they go to work each and every day to battle the invisible killer that strikes at all populations of people all over the world.
  • Stop Playing Politics

    Corona virus, Covid19, Stop Playing Politics, Wisconsin election, pandemic, Wisconsin courts
    The corona virus death toll is unbelievably high. Yet in the midst of this CoVid19 pandemic Wisconsin residents had to vote in their State's primary election with no delay. As of the primary election date of April 7, 2020, Wisconsin had 2,500 confirmed cases and 85 deaths, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. Governor Tony Evers gave the order to the delay the primary election as the pandemic intensified; however, the State Supreme Court overturned it.

Portraits

The portraits are commissioned for people who want a painting of themselves or who want to remember a loved one.  The paintings of Michael Brown and Freddie Gray were given to their parents.

  • Trayvon Martin

    The portrait of Trayvon was delivered to the Trayvon Martin Foundation to give to the Martin family.
  • Freddie Gray

    This portrait of Freddie Gray was presented to his mother and step-father this year in a private meeting.
  • Michael Brown

    Michael Brown's portrait was presented to his mother and father at a church service in Baltimore.
  • Quiet Confidence

    Commissioned portrait of young lady.
  • Pretty Pout

    Commissioned portrait of little girl.
  • The Headpiece

    Women have adorned themselves in all different kinds of jewelry throughout the ages. Here's a modern day take on traditional jewelry pieces. Commissioned portrait
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    Sovereign Grand Commander

Lessons From the Flowers

In this project called Lessons From the Flowers, I create stories with flowers in all their splendor. Nothing tells the story of life as does a beautiful flower. With each flower painting, I write a life lesson that each visual portrays. I use numerous mediums in this project including resin and acrylics mixed together, acrylics alone, and oil.

My artistic intention is to create a beautiful collection of art that comes from a place of stillness and calm from within me. For my resin art, I pour colors of acrylic paint mixed with resin onto my panel surface. With my palette knife I create strokes, swirls, and flicks of paint that produce a unique piece of art that no one else can reproduce due to the way the paint flows about on the canvas. Colors will interact with each other in curious and unique ways. Sometimes I wonder, “How did that happen?”

I also paint with oil and acrylics without the resin for a more traditional look.

I do not listen to music as I paint. I listen to the stillness from within me, "Returning to the Source" of all creativity. It is where my divine source of creativity rests. I return to that inner place at the start of every new art session. It’s a new beginning. It’s a new time to start on a different art piece or to complete a piece of art that I have already started. It’s a new beginning for me to be spiritually charged using new colors and seeing new transformations of paint mixtures colliding into each other from the paints poured onto the panel. I add deliberate strokes to complete the composition. Out of the stillness from within, a whole new creation is manifested in my outer world where I can share it with all who choose to appreciate it.

With appreciation comes joy. And with joy and happiness, room is made for healing of the heart. This is what I intend my art to do….bring joy, happiness, and healing.

  • Black-Eyed Susans

    Black-Eyed Susans communicating with each other in the field. Communication is a key to successful relationships. Medium: Oil and acrylic
  • Blooming With Energy

    Everything in the universe is made of energy. In the springtime flowers grow energetically as the blossoms bloom, fall off, and bloom again, showing us that we can never give up on life because we always get another chance to bloom. Medium: Resin with Acrylic
  • bouquet

    Working together makes us complete.
  • Reds

    Dainty red flowers boldly stand out against the muted green ground. We must stand our ground even when we see the fall of those amongst us. Medium: Resin/Acrylic
  • Return to Source

    Energy flows within us and around us. It is the substance that interconnects every living thing. It's final destination is back to the Divine Source, which is within us all. Medium: Resin with Acrylic
  • White Blossoms

    White Blossoms gather in the rustic pot in the dark of night. Sometimes we must shed a light for others in the shadows. Medium: Oil
  • Threesome

    This threesome compliment each other. We are alike and different at the same time.

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