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Artist Polly Sharp


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Biography


        It is my love for the Oklahoma countryside that sends me outdoors to paint plein air. I am in love with the prairie landscape.   As a native Oklahoman of Cherokee Indian heritage, I enjoy trying to capture the natural beauty of our land.  Since early childhood, I have been fascinated with the beauty of the quickly disappearing natural landscape -- the brilliant flash of the fall sumac bush, the lush spring bloom of dogwoods and redbuds, or the far off smoky blue hills behind the hay fields.  I strive to convey in a colorful, impressionistic style the joy of connecting with the awesome gifts of God's creation.
 
        My paternal great grandmother made the Trail of Tears journey to Oklahoma from the Carolinas.  My maternal grandparents, originally from Ireland,  made the land run.   With deep roots in Oklahoma soil, it is our rolling hills and prairies, soaring cloudscapes, flaming sunsets, and wandering creeks and rivers that inspire me.
 
  With no formal art education, the enjoyment I have today in painting comes through many years of  self study, group and private lessons and workshops   After a retiring from a business career and raising my family, it is only recently that I have been able to pursue my passion. Starting out in watercolor, I studied with Cletus Smith, Skip Lawrence, and Gerald Brommer.  More recently I have studied oil painting in workshops with Phil Starke, Mike Malm, Kelli Folsom, and Rick McClure.
 
                 My works have shown and won awards at the Canterbury Arts Festival; Edmond Art Association; Oklahoma Watercolor; Oklahoma Art Guild; Bartlesville Art Association;  Brush & Palette, Grove, OK;  Harrison, Arkansas Art League Invitational; Art on Main in Jenks, Oklahoma; Chisholm Trail Gallery , Sulphur, Oklahoma; Paseo Small Works Show, Oklahoma City; Dorothy Woolbright Painters at Paseo;  [...]

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