Sharon Wensel

Studio & Gallery

Skippack PA, 19474

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Painting

Artist's Biography

Sharon Wensel was born in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania and currently resides in Skippack Pennsylvania. She studied at Hussian School of Art, Pennsylvania Academy of the fine Arts. At Hussian she received the first runner up award for most promising student. One year later transferred to Pennsylvania Academy of the fine arts to pursue her love of painting. At the Academy, in her second year she received a Merit Scholarship. In 1989 Sharon married and put aside her work for the most part of 20 years. She dabbled off and on joining the Philadelphia Sketch Club and the local Doylestown Art League. In 2013 after her husband passed from Lou Gehrig’s disease, she enrolled in the art program at Montgomery County Community College. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa while working at a full-time position in 2018. During her time there she received the Montgomery County Community College Foundation Scholarship, Barnes and Noble Scholarship and the Montgomery County Community College Certificate of Excellence. She was also honored to work on an abstract collage with teacher Diane Mills. Since graduating she has received awards for her pastel, photography, and mixed media work. You can find her work in private and public collections throughout the country.

Artist's Statement

My most recent body of work was inspired by morning runs on the local trails and quiet, very early morning walks with my dog. I live in a rural area that offers tremendous inspiration through nature. The light streaming through the trees and how it is reflected on the leaves showing a multitude of shapes and colors, hypnotizes me. In the dead of winter, I find amazing color in early morning sunrises reflected off the snow or the designs that are made with the naked branches of the trees cradling the moon in the morning darkness. I have gravitated to nature as a healer for the loss I have suffered in the past 10 years. This quiet sanctitude is where I have found inner peace and happiness. With my work I hope to inspire others to explore the amazing nature we have in our backyards for free. My mediums vary from Oil or Acrylic Paint on Canvas, Gouahce on linen or Mixed Media on Watercolor Paper. Recently I have been experimenting with mixed media on Yupo paper.

Selected Exhibitions

Group
2022
Clover and Bee, Issue #2, Digital Publication

2021
Gaze, Arts to Hearts International online Show
Juried Exhibition

2018
Greater Norristown Art League Members Show, Norristown, PA

Doylestown Art League Members Show, Doylestown, PA

2017
Art of the Flower, Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA
Juried Exhibition

Works on Paper, Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA
Juried Exhibition

2016
Montgomery County Community College Students Show, Blue Bell, PA

North Pen Art Alliance Members Show, Lansdale, PA

Works on Paper, Plastic Club, Philadelphia, PA
Juried Exhibition

2015
86th Annual Art Exhibition, Phillips Mill, Bucks County PA
Juried Exhibition

Philadelphia Sketch Club at Montgomery County Community College, Blue Bell, PA
Juried Exhibition

2014
Philadanco Benefit Show, Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA
Juried Exhibition

Large Format Show, Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA
Juried Exhibition

2013
Doylestown Art League Members Show, Doylestown, PA

2012
Art of the Flower, Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA
Juried Exhibition

Doylestown Art League Members Show, Doylestown, PA

2011
Prawls Mills Juried Show, Stockton, NJ
Juried Exhibition

Philadelphia Sketch Club Members Show, Newman Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2010
Art of the Flower, Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA
Juried Exhibition

Awards and Honors

2018
Greater Norristown Art League, Edward Lis Award for Excellence in Painting

2016
Montgomery County Community College Certificate of Excellence

2014
Philadanco Benefit Show, First Place, Modern Media

2013
Grace Kling Carlen Award for Drawing, Doylestown Art League

2012
Art of the Flower, Philadelphia Sketch Club, Honorable Mention

2013
Grace Kling Carlen Award for Drawing, Doylestown Art League

2011
Grace Kling Carlen Award for Drawing, Doylestown Art League

Collections

Montgomery County Community College, Bluebell, PA

North Wales Library, North Wales, PA

Education

2018
Montgomery County Community College, Bluebell, PA
Associates Degree

1984
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

1983
Hussian School of School of Art, Philadelphia, PA