Sharon Hudson is an artist and fine art photographer based in Oakland, California. Her original art work and usage rights for art and photography can be purchased at www.sharonhudson.com.
Since her first solo art exhibit in 1981, Sharon has participated in many art and photography exhibits in the San Francisco area, and has been published internationally in formats ranging from calendars, cards, and book covers to stock photography.
My goal as an artist and photographer is to create objects of meaningful beauty to enrich everyday life. My art begins with my love of the physical world, especially the human figure, everyday objects, and sensual patterns and textures. With a frankly decorative intent, I use bold compositions, color, line, textures, and patterns. Striking color and abstract forms underlie both my art and my photography. My inspiration comes from masters of sensuality like Gauguin, Klimt, Matisse, Degas, and Van Gogh, as well as decorative arts like quilt making, mosaics, and stained glass.
My photography includes abstract and surrealistic photographs taken on city streets; fantasy images; urban and rural reflections, shadows, patterns, and textures; photographs from Mexico, Guatemala, Korea, Japan, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia (Bali and Java), and Singapore; and carousel animal images. Most of my surreal photographs are layered images and in-camera multiple exposures, and digitally manipulated photographic images. My photography is sensually rich, colorful, and often decorative, stressing the interplay of subject and pattern, the mixing of images, and layers of dimension.
My art and photography reflect the values of my midwestern upbringing in their direct gaze and solid compositions. Later my family moved to California, where in 1974 I graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with degrees in Psychology and Practice of Art. Since then I have explored multiple art forms, freely borrowing ideas and techniques from sources as diverse as quiltmaking and other textiles to stained glass, mosaics, and digital media. My art and photography also reflect my extensive travels with backpack and camera through Alaska, Africa, East Asia, and Mexico, and I lived for a time in rural Japan. Japanese textiles and ukiyo-e prints, brilliant Mexican color, Pacific Northwest Indian design, African abstraction, and patterns from around the world are all embedded in my art and photography.