Photograph of Artist SHARON BARFOOT
Sauble Beach, Ontario - Canada

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Sharon Barfoot; A Great Breath Goes Forwa..., 2013, Original Painting Oil, 12 x 12 inches. Artwork description: 241 abstract, aqua, barfoot, oil painting...
Sharon Barfoot
Original Oil Painting, 2013
12 x 12 inches (30.5 x 30.5 cm)
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Artist Statement

My artistic expression is primarily abstract in bold colours with rich textural surfaces. The tactile aspect of working with papers such as Japanese paper and Yupo add an element of surprise. A spontaneous dialogue between the material and myself emerges through layering, reworking and distressing the surface. This process of layering is an intuitive approach in which the integrity of each layer affects the final image. These paintings are a combination of preconceived shapes and symbols and abstract gestures and marks.

The natural environment in the Grey-Bruce region influences my work and the Niagara Escarpment is a place I gravitate to when I need to feel spiritually connected to the land. Whenever I take time to walk along the rugged coastline of the Bruce Peninsula (which is part of the Niagara Escarpment), or hike along the Bruce Trail, I’m excited by the natural dynamics. The textures, the blended earth colours, the intensity of the blue water of Georgian Bay, the organic rock shapes and deep crevices, along with the isolation of the Bruce Peninsula and the feeling of timelessness, give me creative energy and the desire to paint.

There are many other influences affecting my artwork that evoke a “subtle blend of the conceptual and the sensual” and a sense of journey. In addition to exploring the natural environment and reading about subjects that interest me, I have travelled to many places in the world and each culture and history inspires me and informs my Mixed Media paintings and prints, both directly and indirectly. Perhaps my work could be summarized as “meditations on the convergence of land, time, and memory.”

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