In my paintings I strive to capture the feeling of quiet peace and serenity that I find in the country. For this pastel painting I painted a close up of of two steers. They bring back happy memories of sitting on a warm summer's day at my grandparents' farm, watching the cattle come up to drink from the water tank. These two steers, or "working oxen", are of the Milking Devon Breed of Heritage Cattle. This was a very early breed of cattle to arrive in the U.S., as early as 1623. They were know for their "speed, intelligence, strength, and willingness to work" as draft animals for the early colonists in the U.S. The steers that I used as subjects for this painting live a good life at a Farm Museum here in the Midwest. I was happy to have my paintings juried into the Society of Animal Artists in the fall of 2013. This original pastel is done on thick museum quality pastel paper. Pastel is an extremely long lasting medium with colors that retain their lovely saturation for hundreds of years. To do so they should be framed under glass and hung out of direct sunlight.

- Sharon France

Best Buddies

Pastel artwork on paper

Signed on front

9" h x 11" w 
0 lbs. 7 oz.



Sharon France
Malta, Illinois

Getting to Know Sharon

Sharon France has many fond childhood memories of visits to her grandparents’ remote Midwestern farm. She now lives on her own farmstead with her family where she paints the beauty around her. Sharon found inspiration in the work of Hudson River School Artists, Minimalists, Tonalists and Realists. When she’s not painting, she loves to hike. She currently lives in Illinois. Fun fact: her homestead includes a number of pet birds like heritage turkeys, chickens, ducks and tiny finches.