i want to make paintings that can take the big human mess i bring to them and change it into something surprising and beautiful and alive; paintings that have presence, that take up space the way a person takes up space, like a soul. on my best days, the paintings tell me where to go, not the other way around. they teach me and the process changes me. i write about this a lot.

i am not interested in where they are going, i am interested in where they are taking me. each piece grows as if it were floating in the sea: life eventually begins to take over. it twists and turns and builds and recedes, pulling influences from life, art, and memories.

sometimes what it takes to get to a quiet, empty place - to begin - astounds me. sometimes i think i am going to paint but i sit still instead. i am learning to listen better.




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.