art is about showing yourself and the healing that happens in the process.

i want to make paintings i can throw everything into: the messiness, the confusion and the pain of being in the world, and also the joy and the beauty. most of all the beauty, especially when it’s unexpected.

the paintings teach me and the process changes me. i write about this a lot. the work of making paintings is the same as the work of making anything: a life, a pie, a family, a poem.

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 love when all this time and work and living bring me to a moment when everything comes together and it feels like magic.

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there are three threads here: representational paintings, abstract paintings, and illustrations. they each hold things that I have seen or loved or experienced inside of them, and they feed each other.

the representational paintings come together when something in the world asks to be painted and i paint it.

the abstract paintings come from an idea or an image that i hold as the painting begins and the painting tells me where to go.

and the illustrations let me play, and they teach me to let that play infuse the other work, too.

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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.