Source and form have melded in Sharon Kingston’s paintings in such a way that poetry, nature, color, light, mood and atmosphere are at one with her method of layering oil on canvas. Void of visible brush stokes and seemingly lit from within, she has spent her career mastering her method and using the outer world as a shoreline to our inner longings. Her paintings, often paired with poetry that she is contemporaneously reading, offer an opening to the contemplation that accompanies those moments in nature where melancholic beauty quiets us. Mimicry of an objective nature is less the goal than evoking the mood and atmospheres of our existence.
In Kingston’s recent paintings the sea has taken on a larger and more energetic role, giving her the space to explore a loose yet structured mark making—just as the sea itself is both chaos and order. She finds inspiration in scrims; the veil of fog, the glare of sunlight on water, the quieting as night approaches and everything is reduced to shadow and light, the revealing of a well of color at dawn and the heaviness and energy of a storm.
Sharon Kingston lives along the Salish Sea and near the San Juan Islands of Washington State. She has been exhibiting her work professionally for the past 20 years. Her paintings are held in collections throughout the US, Canada, Europe and Australia.