Featured Artist of the Month for MARCH 2017:
Sharlene Welton’s art story is rooted in her childhood. As a youth, her mother’s drawings of women and fashion made an impression. Her aunts were landscape painters, ceramicists, and seamstresses. And so it was while growing up in Michigan with seven siblings that drawing and painting made its way into her heart and head.
A leap into the future put Sharlene at Eastern Michigan University where she augmented a teaching degree with art classes. For 21 years she taught... young children first and then art in the public schools. A combination of art and childhood has always been at the root of her passion.
Teaching art classes brought back the therapeutic impact of drawing and painting during Sharlene’s youth. It became clear to her that after teaching, she needed to focus more on her creative roots. In 2011, The Wild Beasts Studio in Romulus became a reality, giving her a place to work on personal pieces as well as work with others. Not long after that, she was commissioned to paint a set of three murals of floating child-like whimsical figures in an elementary school as well as several paintings of women for a local hair salon.
In 2015, Sharlene continued her art pursuits by becoming involved with gallery exhibitions and shows in the Detroit area. Painting trees and flowers with connections to places and childhood memories remains her primary focus. Recently however, she has also been exploring more meditative themes, concentrating on cosmos-like images and, introspective realism.
Sharlene primarily paints using brushes and palette knives as her tools — however she also likes to explore using a variety of everyday objects as well — crayons, masking tape, jar lids, toothbrushes, old grates, spray paints, squeeze bottles, stamps, stencils, etc. She enjoys creating with lush acrylic colors onto canvas, wood and/or walls. For Sharlene, the pleasure of painting acts as both a refuge and an avenue for new adventures and dreams.
Sharlene has a busy schedule this year, in addition to participating with the ASD:
• She is part of a show at the Lawrence Street Gallery in Ferndale called How Many More? from March 1-31, with opening reception on March 3, 6-9 pm and closing reception is March 31, 6-9 pm.
• Two of her drawings are at an exhibit called Mystic Sisters, at Plymouth Community Arts Council, opening reception is March 4.
• A solo exhibition in May called "Nature's Way of Revealing You" at the Huron Valley Council for the Arts, 205 W. Livingston, Highland, MI from May 4 - 27. The opening reception will be Friday, May 5 from 7-9 p.m.
• Two of her pieces will be at The Cherry Hill Theatre for a show called Growing Old on the Street. The opening reception is July 7.
• In September, I she will have a solo show in Canton at the Cherry Hill Theatre. Details to be announced.
The following are samples of Sharlene's work....