I am an artist. I have always been one, through my childhood and through my adulthood, and for most of the latter I have been a professional. There are three threads of work here that weave together to form a whole:

The Representational Paintings taught me how to paint, and they teach me still. They arrive when something in the world asks to be painted, and I paint it. This can take a long time to figure out how to do, although, by now, there is an ease I am grateful for.

The Abstract Paintings teach me how to listen. They may come from something I see, or an idea, or a dream. They tell me where they would like to go and I let them come. This is not always easy, and I am not always successful.

And the Illustrations, well, they are fun, in a way I was longing for before they began.

All of them hold things that I’ve seen or loved or experienced inside of them.

Most of the time I love to paint. Sometimes I think I am going to paint but I sit still instead. I am learning to listen better.  Sometimes the work it takes to get to a quiet, empty place, just to begin, is astronomically difficult. I love the beauty of oil paint, especially, its messiness and its sensuality. I love my connection to every person who's ever worked with it or looked at it. I love when I feel, even for a minute, like all this time and work and living has brought me to a moment when it comes together and feels like magic.


I live in the East End of Portland, Maine.

Contact me at sharonmcgauley@gmail.com.

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I am represented by the following galleries:

Addison Art Gallery in Orleans, Massachusetts.

Viewpoints Gallery in Makawao, Maui, Hawaii.

Lemonade Stand Art Gallery in Key West, Florida.