Let me show you the world of painting in watercolor!
Inspiration for me comes from all the life that surrounds me whether in the mountains, on a sidewalk by a busy street, or white sandy beaches and emerald green water, it is my sense of sharing this in the painting process.
It's like magic to create an elusive moment, an emotional response or memory, on paper. I hope it will inspire the viewers to go to nature, observe and seek greater knowledge and appreciation of all the beauties surrounding us.
Sharon Long is an International, fine art watercolorist, instructor, and publisher who has lived on the Gulf of Mexico coast for over 30 years. She began developing her creative talents in childhood and now brings her years of experience to her students and collectors. Sharon has travelled extensively providing watercolor workshops throughout the United States, Canada, and the Western Caribbean.
Her travels have provided inspiration in varied subject matter, and opportunities to develop sophisticated watercolor techniques that give her work detail, impression, and texture seldom seen in watercolor. Her passion and love of art began with oils and she later experimented with pastels, and acrylics, but, for the past 30 years her passion has been watercolor. Her unique style uses dark, rich, vivid colors that give her paintings the visual depth that she loved from oils and acrylics, but with the glow of watercolor. These qualities are especially evident in her depictions of glassware, water, and eyes, and are coupled with a sense of texture and realism.
Drawing on knowledge and skills gained from diverse instructors, Sharon’s watercolor techniques were perfected with her husband, watercolor artist Robert Long, a student of the renowned watercolorist Zolton Szabo. In 1989, Sharon and Robert settled in Destin, Florida where they opened a retail art supply store and studio, teaching hundreds of clients their valuable watercolor techniques until Robert’s death in 2008. Their influence was further extended by the creation of an Internet web site and online art product store which Sharon continues to operate.
Sharon Long’s work is displayed in Gulf Coast Galleries from Florida to Mississippi, and in international, private and corporate collections. She is a member of the American Watercolor Society, the National Watercolor Society, the Louisiana Watercolor Society, the Florida Watercolor Society, and many local art associations including the Cultural Artist Alliance of Santa Rosa Beach, Florida.