Light is the heart of Sharon's paintings. The warm sunlight creates an atmosphere in which the viewer may feel pleasure, wanting to participate in the scene. Engel paints on location in the impressionistic tradition using oil, acrylic or watercolor. Painting done on location gives her the essence of place, light and feeling. Traveling throughout Europe and the U.S. gives her the chance to paint an endless array of subjects and atmospheres, inviting the viewer to enjoy the world as she does. Each year brings new subjects and excitement to her painting, juxtaposing beautiful color to create life's intimate moments and record lasting inspirations in her life. Her gardens, grandchildren, and family are constant companions and inspirations, constantly redefining the newness of every day. The subjects of her art are her own lifetime and her own experiences: the sun casting shadows in her mountain garden, afternoon light playing behind the hollyhocks and poppies as it moves over the sea in her beach garden, a sunset at a café in Paris. For her, art is finding a way to express her emotions and dialog with the viewer.
I am fascinated with the idea of constant discovery when I go out in the field to paint. The beauty,
the light and of course color are never the same; always changing, always a challenge to capture.
My love of gardens, flowers, landscape has always been a wonder to me; peaceful and satisfying to paint. When we moved to Sunriver 28 years ago a whole new challenge began. I had done plein aire painting all over the Willamette Valley and Oregon and taught others to do it for 18 years. We have traveled to many places in the world and I’ve returned to some again & again. Giverny & Monet’s Gardens 6 times. The village and gardens are always different in every season. Italy to France, a never ending scene. DuBai to Istanbul; Egypt to Barcelona. Our beautiful mountains of Oregon. When you paint on location you don’t just paint a scene. You see, smell, hear everything around and over it. It all connects to give me that “wow” moment. I’ve been sunburned, bug bit, scraped up from hiking back country, desert and canyons. On ships, bicycles, trains and wild taxi rides. Where I go my paint box goes too. Now, after 40 years of painting professionally, my paintings are a travel log of my life. I still get that charge of excitement and anticipation every time I set up my paint box! Hope you enjoy traveling my world with me.
Juried and Invitational Exhibitions: -1990, '92-'98, 2000-2001 Lawrence Gallery, Sheridan OR -1985-'86,'88-'93,1999-2001 Attic Gallery, Portland OR -1996-'99 Zantman Gallery, Carmel CA -1986-'99 Portland Art Museum Rental Sales Gallery Show, Portland OR -1992 Gibson Greeting Card Co., 12 month calendar, Salem OR -1992 Carol Smith Greeting Cards -1988-'89 American Association of University Women -1988 Artists of Oregon Calendar Cover -1986-'88 First Interstate Bank Invitational, Hillsboro OR -1987-'88 Lakewood Gallery, Lake Oswego OR -1984 Lake Oswego Festival Invitational Exhibit -1978 International Society of Artists Invitational, New York NY -1997-2000 Mockingbird Gallery, Bend OR One Person Shows: -1990-'98,2000 Lawrence Gallery, Sheridan OR -1986-'93, '99 Attic Gallery, Portland OR -1993-'95,'99 Zantman Gallery, Palm Desert CA