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Sharon France Malta, Illinois

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.

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    About The Artist

    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.

    Artist Statement

    Why do I paint the country?

    I have been blessed to live and paint on a quite old farmstead, surrounded by fields, for most of my life now. It all started when I was a kid growing up. We lived at the edge of town and I remember the walks through the field of corn behind our house, and the feel of the damp earth on my bare feet back then. The trips to my grandparent’s remote Midwestern farm, are some of my favorite childhood memories, and from as far back as I can remember, I always wanted to live in the country like them! My husband grew up on a farm, and soon after we married we moved to the country. We live on an old farmstead with a farmhouse and a red barn, which are a great inspiration for what I paint. It gives me a sense of peace and happiness to work on my quiet, country, landscape paintings, and I hope that you may find that in them also.

    The ideas for my paintings come from my imagination, and are often of memories, and places that I have been and seen, here in the Midwestern Heartland. I paint my landscapes simply, from my heart. In my paintings I want to capture the feel of peaceful, quiet, isolation, found in the country.

    I have always had a fascination with old farmsteads, especially the old farmhouses and barns found on them. Some of my fondest childhood memories and inspiration are of the visits to my grandparent's remote Midwestern farm. Set down a very long lane, that eventually wound around the old barn, horse pasture, granary, and corncrib, machine shed, chicken house, to end up at their old farmhouse with a white picket fence in the yard beyond. The croquet set would be on the lawn and Grandma would have one of her homemade pies waiting on the kitchen counter. A little bit of heaven here on earth; it felt to me back then!

    Two of my paintings were chosen to be hanging in the THIS OLD HOUSE Magazine Show house, "Cloudland Cottage" for the fall of 2015 at Lookout Mountain, Georgia. They can be found in the article about the house, and artist’s work hanging there, in the Nov.- Dec. 2015 magazine.

    I received a Bachelors of Fine Arts Degree from Northern IL University and am a juried member of the Society of Animal Artists. My paintings have been exhibited in national and regional art exhibitions though out the U.S.

    My original landscape paintings are in the collection of Kishwaukee College, Malta, IL, and in private collections throughout the U.S., and in: Canada, France, Iceland, Portugal, Belgium, England, Ireland, Scotland, Italy, Japan, Brazil, Zimbabwe, and Australia.

    My painting style leans towards Realism, although I often use elements of Tonalism and Minimalism in them. I have been inspired by the Tonalists, Hudson River School Artists, Minimalists, and Realist artists for my art. I work in acrylic, oil and soft pastel, although I most often work in acrylic on stretched canvas, for my Heartland landscapes. I build up many layers, using both wet and dry brush techniques, for my paintings. My artwork has been described as having an intriguing peacefulness, in its quiet simplicity.

    Thank you for your interest in my original art!

    Artist Background

    Northern Illinois University
    Bachelor of Fine Arts, 1981

    Press







    Hear What Collectors Say About Sharon 's Work

    Sharon France 12/28/2019 | 6:38 PM

    One of my original country landscape paintings is now part of the Art in the Embassies collection for the next couple of years.

    Sharon France 8/20/2018 | 8:13 PM

    Thank you so much for your purchase of my original painting "On a Moonlit Night" and kind comments on my rural art work. I sincerely appreciate it!

    C Lu 8/20/2018 | 1:00 PM

    Just purchased "On a Moonlit Night" and I can't wait until it ships. I grew up on a farm in south-central Texas, and I was looking for artwork that would pay homage to my rural childhood in a new and different way. I love the juxtaposition of rural and contemporary that you capture so beautifully in your artwork. I think it helps people to see rural settings in a new and exciting way!

    Sharon France 4/9/2018 | 12:55 PM

    Thank you so much for your purchase of my farm painting and your very kind comment on it. I sincerely appreciate it! Sharon

    commentsOn a Peaceful Summer's Day
    M Walsh purchased this artwork. 4/9/2018 | 7:49 AM

    Just what we expected and will purchase another from Ms. France. Looks fantastic in our Saratoga home, hanging above a small walnut desk and chair.

    Sharon France 7/28/2017 | 8:38 AM

    I have just finished a new summer farm landscape that I will be listing for sale during the first part of August.

    Sharon France 12/12/2016 | 10:13 AM

    My newest landscape painting "Near the Quiet Stream" was inspired by the quiet streams that one can find out in the country. I really enjoy painting different types of weather and decided on a heavy, overcast feeling sky for this calm pastoral landscape painting.

    Sharon France 11/3/2015 | 10:34 AM

    I was very happy to have two of my paintings chosen to hang, in the THIS OLD HOUSE Magazine, Show House "Cloudland Cottage" for the fall of 2015 at Lookout Mountain, Georgia. http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/photos/0,,20959723_30401656,00.html http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/photos/0,,20959723_30401652,00.html

    Sharon France 3/6/2015 | 7:58 PM

    Thank you Marcia for your very kind words on my painting. I had fun coming up with the idea for this piece. Sincerely, Sharon

    commentsThe Old Stone Farmhouse
    M Clements 3/6/2015 | 5:52 PM

    I gasped with joy when I laid my eyes on your lovingly created "Followed Her to School..." This is my very first purchase of an original painting and I will treasure it always. Sincerely, another animal lover

    Sharon France 2/10/2015 | 6:18 PM

    Thank you for taking the time to write and for your kind comment on my painting. I sincerely appreciate it! Sharon

    commentsA Quiet Country Home
    Gregg 2/10/2015 | 2:42 PM

    This is such a beautiful painting. The colors are unusual and fantastic and the composition is so intriguing. Really well done!

    Sharon France 11/2/2014 | 12:14 PM

    I have been working on a new series of larger paintings of old houses in my quiet, country landscape scenes.

    Sharon France 2/26/2014 | 9:12 PM

    We had a huge snowy owl land on our barn roof around sunrise, a few days ago. What a fun uncommon surprise to find that morning! I have been working in both oil and acrylic paint this past year. I am presently working in acrylic on several landscapes that I have in progress right now. I normally work on several paintings at the same time, switching back and forth between them, as I want for paint to dry and take time to think about a piece before continuing on with it.

    Sharon France 12/7/2013 | 9:01 PM

    Thank you so much for your kind comment on my painting!

    commentsWaiting to Go Home
    S Day 12/7/2013 | 4:34 PM

    The fine detail on that cat is absolutely stunning. You have such a very unique style and then you tuck in a surprise like that. Pretty cool. You are going on my wish list.

    Sharon France 11/9/2013 | 11:34 AM

    I was happy to have been juried in, as an associate member of The Society of Animal Artists, in November 2013.

    Sharon France 7/29/2013 | 4:22 PM

    My original art was chosen by Stephen Collins of the TV show "Property Envy", as #4 of his top 10 favorite artists (out of 500) here on Ugallery.com. http://www.ugallery.com/bravotv-top-picks#4

    Sharon France 5/28/2013 | 2:41 PM

    If you happen to be on the east coast and would like to see my work in person, one of my original paintings is currently on exhibit in Harrisonburg, VA at the Park Gables Gallery - VMRC, annual Juried Art Exhibition, until Sunday, June 30, 2013.

    Sharon France 3/9/2013 | 3:54 PM

    Why do I paint the country? I have been blessed to live and paint on a quite old farmstead, surrounded by fields, for most of my life now. It all started when I was a kid growing up. We had a field in front of our house, and a field in back of our house, yet lived on a street that had other homes along it, at the edge of town. In the summer, I remember the walks through the field of corn behind our house, and the feel of the damp mud on my bare feet back then. The trips to my grandparents remote Midwestern farm, are some of my favorite childhood memories, and from as far back as I can remember, I always wanted to live in the country like them. My husband grew up on a farm, and after we married our goal was to move to out of town. Soon we did, and we have never regretted that decision. We live in old farmhouse with a red barn, which are a great inspiration for what I paint. It gives me a sense of peace and happiness to work on my quiet, country, landscape paintings.

    Sharon France 1/26/2013 | 8:43 AM

    Several of my paintings have been juried into 'The Peaceable Kingdom: Animals, Real and Imagined' and will be shown at the Bedford Arts Center Gallery, in Walnut Creek, CA (bay area) from March 3 - May 19, 2013

    Sharon France 1/7/2013 | 9:26 AM

    One of my paintings "Near Home" is in the Jan. 2013, juried exhibit, at the Bridgeport Arts Center Gallery, Chicago, IL.

    Sharon France 12/7/2012 | 5:12 PM

    Link to view my paintings at the Freeport Art Museums, Facebook page. http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151312413730365&set=a.10151312413545365.519849.97889140364&type=1&theater

    Sharon France 11/7/2012 | 9:06 AM

    Several of my paintings are in the fall/winter 2012-13 Regional Juried Exhibition IX, at the Freeport Art Museum, Freeport, IL.

    Sharon France 9/16/2012 | 7:00 PM

    Thank you so much for your kind comment on my Heartland landscape paintings. Your post made my day! :) Best wishes, Sharon

    Sharon France 9/16/2012 | 6:56 PM

    Thank you! Sharon

    K Mercier 9/16/2012 | 12:28 PM

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE your paintings! Beautiful.

    Sharon France 8/10/2012 | 4:58 PM

    Thank you so much for your kind comments on my Heartland paintings on the Ugallery Blog! Sharon

    UGallery 8/10/2012 | 4:05 PM

    Hi Sharon. It's a pleasure sharing your art with UGallery. You can read our blog post about you here: http://blog.ugallery.com/post/29140880431/new-artist-spotlight-sandi-anton-michael-bykovski

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