by Anton Dolders, Regional Chair of Arts at Macmillan Cancer Support
Sharon Fleming is a multi-talented artist from Southport who is able to work in a variety of media including watercolours, acrylics and oils. However, what captured my attention are her brilliant zentangle depictions of animals in pen and ink. Zentangle art involves construction of patterns within shapes and requires a great deal of imagination. (see photos) Sharon said that although working in this way involves much concentration due to the intricacy of the images, she finds it very relaxing.
Sharon has always had a love of animals and nature: she often combines both subjects in her compositions with animals encompassed by flora, leaves and insects. Sharon has been drawing and painting since childhood and despite attending art college, attributes her development and skills as an artist to her own efforts. In Sharon’s opinion, art is a way of expressing her personal interpretation of a subject.
Sharon’s commitment to the Southport Art Scene is encouraging. She is a member of Churchtown Art Club; has exhibited at Holy Trinity Church’s Summer Arts Festival and also in the Sefton Groups and Societies Exhibition which took place at The Atkinson towards the end of last year. Her works: “Zentanle Owl” and “Zentangle Fox” are currently being exhibited in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support at Cambridge Walks Gallery.
This Saturday (16th Jan) artists working to raise funds for the provision of care for cancer sufferers will be demonstrating their skills in Cambridge Walks. They include abstract painter Walter Fairclough; ceramics painter Nancy Marriner and water colourist, John West. I will also be working on a local scene in acrylic paints and there will be opportunities for people of any age to try their hand at drawing and painting with materials provided. All that is required is a donation to Macmillan Cancer Support.
Cambridge Walks Gallery
12 Cambridge Walks, Southport PR8 1EN
Tues – Sat 10.30am – 5.15pm
Sundays 11am – 5pm
For full details regarding Art For Macmillan’s activities and exhibitions look online: www.artformacmillancancersupport.co.uk.
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