“Shades of Blue” oil on linen canvas by Sharon Abbott-Furze
“Fusion” oil on linen canvas by Sharon Abbott-Furze
“Windswept” oil on linen canvas by Sharon Abbott-Furze
“I paint because I have to … its right up there with food and water for me – a prayer, a meditation, and always an adventure. I love painting what I see as beauty around me in order to honor and remember those moments – the moments that touch me emotionally in some way. I paint for myself and when you, my viewers and collectors get pleasure from my art, it honors and touches me even more deeply. Thank you! My motivation usually includes the way light and shadow plays over my subject matter. A well-designed composition, the emotion of rhythm and beautiful colors compel me to paint. Landscapes, seascapes, and people all have their stories – poetry, music and fun to me. I love painting beautiful abstract shapes and colors that express that. I hope that through my art, you feel what I see – and enjoy!”
Sharon Abbott Furze
About the artist:
Sharon Abbott-Furze is an oil painter living in Vancouver, Washington. Her work is expressionistic realism and sometimes heavily influenced with abstract shapes, inspired by people and their stories and the many moods of nature, particularly the sea.
Her passion for art started at a very early age – she used her Father’s linoleum knife to draw figures on the roof of their home when she was 6 years old – not well received but did not stop her from continuing towards her dream. She loved to draw but only started painting with oils for a short time in the early 1990’s. Although she did not paint on a canvas again until 2013, during those years, she was consumed with her love of art, continually painting in her head, visiting art shows, museums, studying people, and nature.
Sharon’s award-winning paintings are in collections throughout the United States, Switzerland, Canada and Italy. Several of her figurative paintings were used in the Portland OR Street of Dreams. “The Price of Freedom” was published in the 2015 Art Edition of Rain.
Sharon has studied with several well-known artists and continues to study to improve her art and learn new ways to express her stories on canvas. She occasionally gives workshops in Vancouver and at the beach.
Sharon Abbott-Furze spoke about her art during the opening reception of MAKING WAVES.
Photo collage with artist Sharon Abbott-Furze Linda Fenton-Mendenhall.
Fairweather House and Gallery
612 Broadway St.
July 6 – July 30
Fairweather’s July exhibition explores the deep, multifaceted relationship with the ocean.
Art for the exhibition, largely significant pieces include new original work, created entirely by North coast artists.
Featuring selected Fairweather artists: Blue Bond, Victoria Brooks, Paul Brent, Nick Brakel, Karen Doyle, Leah Kohlenberg, Karen Lewis, Emily Miller, Lee Munsell, Richard Newman, Ron Nicolaides, Jan Rimerman, Lisa Sofia Robinson, Peg Wells, Russell J. Young and Dale Veith.
Introducing artists Sharon Abbot-Furze and Phil Juttelstad.
The range in the show reveals the extraordinary impact of the sea and waves.
“Summer Storm” oil on linen canvas by Sharon Abbott-Furze
“At one time when I was in the Fairweather Gallery, quite a while back, I was absolutely in love with some abstracts – red and black. Very bold and striking and I have never forgotten them. In fact, they inspired me to want to paint abstracts.”
Read more about the artist and the MAKING WAVES exhibition at:
Thank you Coast Weekend and reporter Katherine Lacaze for supporting the arts.
Grace note received:
“Actually, I have followed your website and have been in your Gallery quite a few times. I have hoped one day that you would show my work but have not approached you because I cannot seem to keep up a good inventory – thinking that was required. I am excited to be included in your Gallery. Since you know Stephanie at *Primary Elements… when I joined her Gallery, she asked if I would demo and I couldn’t even imagine painting in front of anyone so told her that I’d prefer not. She asked that I just try it – which I did and it was such an incredibly fun experience and connection with so many people, that I was hooked and have looked for opportunities since. Let me know when there are special events or a time when you think, it might be helpful to demo, let me know and I will make every effort to be there.” Sharon
*Primary Elements Gallery in Cannon Beach.
Karen Blue, artist Blue Bond’s wife, suggested Sharon Abbott-Furze as an artist for Fairweather’s.
“I have shown the three small seascapes previously. I have had them in our home recently. I painted them just as Stephanie was closing her gallery so although I showed them to her, she could not hang them. I originally had 11 in that series and have sold all but the three I am bringing and one other. I am adding more birds to it and will bring them to you when I am done.” Sharon