Sharyn Schlarman


Welcome our newest artist


The drama of extreme value and color are the foundations of my paintings. An effect of light falling across a subject usually stimulates me to begin. Then, working in soft pastels, oils or acrylics, I try to express that moment. Soft pastels are my media of choice. Their immediacy of colors entice me. I like the feel of the stick in my hand as well as the array of hues just sitting there waiting to be chosen. Oils have allowed me to paint small canvases almost daily. The intensity of acrylics and its quick-drying attributes encourage me to experiment playfully with mixed media on a variety of supports.

My background is substantially different from most artists. The major portion of my adult life has been spent developing a corporate career. As a marketing administrator and executive director of healthcare companies, my days were kept busy. But evenings were spent doing what I loved to do. I drew…often taking night classes with art groups. Then, a little over 6 years ago I decided to focus on art. I left corporate, updated my credentials, refreshed my art basics and moved into education, teaching art at the high school level and painting.

College of Mount St. Joseph: Master of Arts Degree.
Eastern Michigan University: Bachelor of Science Degree.

Juried/Solo Exhibitions
44th Annual MEA/MAEA Exhibit. Honorable Mention and Purchase Award
The Body Eclectic
Michigan Portrait Show. Second Place
Oakland Community College
ACLU Lady Liberty Project
Birmingham Temple. Farmington, MI
Our Town. Birmingham, MI
City of Livonia, Fine Arts Exhibition. Livonia, MI
Martha Maxwell Gallery, Solo Exhibition. Birmingham, MI
Studio San Giuseppe Gallery, Solo Exhibition. Cincinnati, Ohio
City of Livonia, Fine Arts Exhibition. Livonia, MI
Lansing Art Gallery, Lansing, MI
Michigan Fine Arts Competition, Honorable Mention. Birmingham, MI
Fine Arts in the Village, Honorable Mention. Northville, MI
Canton Fine Arts Exhibition. Canton, MI
Art in the Hills. Beverly Hills, MI

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