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Vereen Gallery


On View:

Drawn from the Wild

Sharon Hester, Wildlife Artist


Opening Reception
Thursday, April 25 | 5:30-7 pm
Hosted by Moultrie Service League

April 26 - May 28, 2024


Sharon’s artwork is entwined with her passion for wildlife and conservation. She has a master’s degree in wildlife management and has worked as a wildlife biologist for more than 20 years, but she spends many of her off hours in her art studio in Lake City, Florida. She is a signature member of the Colored Pencil Society of America and a signature member of the Society of Animal Artists.

Except for the guidance of a couple of wonderful high school art teachers, her art is mostly self-taught, although she has had the pleasure of a few workshops with artists that she admires. Sharon drew avidly as a young person and was a serious art student during high school, but when it came time for college, she decided to study biology instead of art. She eventually began a career as a wildlife biologist and the busyness and distractions of life made it difficult to create art more than occasionally, although it was always on her heart. 

Sharon primarily uses colored pencils and graphite to capture her subjects because she enjoys the versatility, range of effects, and details that can be accomplished with pencils. Her art illustrates her curiosity and exploration of the cosmos—the beauty and order of the universe. Her work is a combination of objectivity and subjectivity, detail and accuracy interconnected with wonder and fascination, scientific inquiry mixed with beauty and mood. She is inspired by the forms, details, colors, and drama of the natural world.

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