Artist Sharon Gates

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Sharon Gates currently lives in Birmingham, Alabama,  and is an award-winning artist and instructor.  She has been painting and teaching for over 30 years both in studios and en plein air (outdoors).  She began painting in oils, studied and became proficient in watercolor painting, acquiring Signature status in the Watercolor Society of Alabama, then later returned to her first love, oil painting.  Sharon has a degree in education and has also studied art extensively with various master painters over the years.  Her work currently hangs in private collections throughout the United States.Studied With:

Kevin McPherson, Dawn Whitelaw, Kenn Backhaus, Roger Dale Brown, Kim English, Jason Saunders, David Boyd, Nancy Chaboun, Stephen Quiller, Don Andrews, Barbara Nechis, Frank Francese, Edward Minchin, Mary Ann Beckwith, Patti Brady, Tom Lynch
Notable Accomplishments:
Former Director of the Alabama Plein Air Artists
Plein Air South - Event Co-Chair and Faculty Coordinator
Forgotten Coast Plein Air Invitational Top 40 Quick Draw Artists 2015 
Oil Painters of America
American Impressionists Society
Watercolor Society of Alabama, Signature status
Past President and Membership Chairman of the Watercolor Society of Alabama
Past President Birmingham Art Association
Energen Art Competition, juried 3 years in a row until the competition ceased
Southeastern Plein Air Invitational 2014
Teaching Experience:  
Birmingham Museum of Art , Birmingham, AL
Eastern Shore Art Academy, Fairhope, AL
Tallapoosa School of Art
Forstall Art Center , Birmingham, AL
Bluff Park Community Center (City of Hoover, AL)
City of Vestavia Hills, Recreation Department
Private studio classes and workshops
Artist's StatementMy work is the expression of my responses to light, color, paint properties, and the subject before me.  I most enjoy painting in a loose, impressionist manner.  The subject matter and inspiration of my paintings come from travels throughout the U.S., the Caribbean, Europe, or from my own backyard.  When teaching, my goal is to inspire and challenge my students to see the world as an artist sees.  I give them the tools with which to express their new found vision.  Whether [...]

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