The Artist: Biography of Sharon Robinson
I believe there is some form of art in everyone's life -- it has only to be discovered and developed. It teaches us to tap into another dimension of the evolution of self.
I specialize in mixed-media collage and acrylic painting. Originally from New Jersey, I lived in Boston and Los Angeles prior to moving to Portland in 1991. I have pursued artistic interests all of my life, and while I am largely self-taught, I have taken many classes and workshops over the years.
My early interest in the design of the man-made environment led me to pursue undergraduate and master’s degrees in Urban Design and Community Development. While working in the urban transit and planning field for over 20 years in Boston, Los Angeles and Portland, I engaged in a parallel pursuit of art. Now a full-time artist, I engage in a variety of arts-related activities. I have completed murals for a variety of commercial, non-profit and private residential clients, and have worked with schools as part of the Young Audiences program of Oregon and Southwest Washington. As an arts program consultant I have managed the implementation of major art festivals, and acted as Program Manager for the public art installations in a local Civic Center. I am currently represented by Parish Gallery in Washington, D.C., and a member of Onyx Artists, based in Seattle in addition to participating in numerous art shows and exhibitions in the northwest. I teach classes in abstract collage at the Multnomah Art Center in Portland, as a guest instructor at regional art centers, and in my own studio.