Painting for me is a quest for some kind of beauty and balance. Drawing inspiration from nature’s forms and patterns, the resultant paintings are abstract, vibrant, and often incorporate the circle. I enjoy painting with encaustic with its inherent transparency and immediacy. It lends itself to layering and reworking as my process embodies constant transformation. Each new painting feels like a fresh start and I don’t know what will happen; the very act of painting itself uncovers unforeseen surprises and outcomes.
Sharon Ligorner is an abstract artist working in encaustics, oils, and collage. She graduated with a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art in 1986, having spent her junior year in Florence, Italy, at Studio Art Centers International. Following graduation, Sharon did a residency at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine and then moved to New York City. She now lives in western Mass.
Ligorner has had 9 solo exhibits, 4 two and three person exhibits, and over 35 group shows across the US. She was recently included in 50 Shades of Red at the Herter Gallery at U Mass Amherst and has an upcoming solo show at Oresman Gallery at Smith College in Northampton, MA from May until August.
She is one of 79 encaustic artists featured in the newly published book Encaustics in the 21st Century. Her paintings are included in the permanent collections of the National Museum of Women in the Arts in DC, the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce Headquarters in NYC, and the Art Gallery at Western New England University.