Sharon Williams is an artist and illustrator with over 20 years of experience, based in the Cotswolds, UK. Sharon has drawn and painted from an early age; winning many school prizes for art. She completed a Foundation Course in Art and then continued studying Illustration at degree level at Harrow College, University of Westminster. During her first year, she was a joint winner of the Sam Marshall Drawing prize.
Since graduating in the mid-nineties Sharon has maintained a successful career as an illustrator producing colourful, painterly and attractive images for paper products, greetings cards, magazines, fine art prints, and children's books. Although her subject matter remains fairly realistic there are painterly elements and more abstraction creeping in particularly in her backgrounds. Influences are wide and varied; often drawn from the beauty of the local landscape and the characterful chickens who watch her work through the studio window.
As an Illustrator Sharon is known for her striking use of colour; a passion that has continued into her self-generated work. Sharon primarily paints in acrylic due to its fast-drying qualities, fastness, and versatility; allowing her to build up thick, thin or glazes of colour which are often scraped back to reveal contrasting layers of colour beneath. This produces an interesting and textural finish to the painting, and she is often influenced by and enjoys the 'chance' mark or colour combination created using this method.