aka – Sophia
Sharon Smithem is a native of Buffalo, New York, graduate of Kenmore East High School, and Orchard Park School of Technology in 1974. In 2000, she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts with emphasis on Painting and Illustration from Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids Michigan.
With her strong ethnic background in Italy, Sharon studied abroad in Italy in 2002.2003.
Her inspiration in her paintings and mosaics comes from fellow artists as well as Alphonse Mucha illustrations, Gustav Klimt paintings, and Georgia Okeefe’s flora. Sharon is a multi-talented woman in the arts, and in her everyday life.
After raising her family Sharon started her own business creating artwork commissioned for individual homes and businesses. While she continues to create fine art paintings, she has perused other interests in different mediums such as mural painting, glass mosaics, mixed media,sculpture and tile making.
Sharon has been in art shows and galleries thru out Michigan and exhibited in the Grand Rapids “Art Prize” with her mosaics.
She is a teacher of Community Education at Kendall College of Art & Design in Grand Rapids Mi. plus several art centers teaching classes in painting, glass mosaics, drawing, children and adult education.
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My ambition is to create Beauty