Copyright - Sharon McGinley 2017

Artist and Illustrator 

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 Sharon McGinley's award-winning paintings tell stories that lift and delight your heart. Soaring angels and stars, dancing pigs and cats from a prolific, creative folk artist and illustrator. The varied cultures from living in Alaska, Florida and New York fuel the themes and characters in Sharon's imaginative scenes and embellishments. Her work is embraced by collectors and praised by critics at The New York Times, Horn Book, Kirkus Review, Publishers Weekly -- "a world of joy and wonder"; "lively and spectacular"; "celebrations of life in every corner"

  McGinley's work graces wonderful story books like
Pigs Will Be Pigs (8-book series - Simon & Schuster), Friendly Beasts (Christmas tale from Greenwillow Books), My Grandmother's Journey, First Snow Magic Snow and more. Her work is sought by museums, corporations and universities including The National Museum for Women (Washington, D.C.), the Maitland Museum (Florida), Bell South, University of Florida and both Florida State and Penn State Universities.

  At home now in the Pennsylvania countryside, Sharon's studio is an old factory space among diverse artists at the goggleWorks, an urban arts center. In her studio, always a new story in the making... celebrations of how she dreams the world.


 Artist's Statement

"Creating art has been an experience I have been "smitten by" since I was a young girl.

When I was eight years old, my mother gave me an oil painting set. I loved the colors and the smell of the paint, linseed oil and turpentine... squeezing the paint from the tubes and the texture of the paint as it was applied to the canvas board. We often painted together.

My mother was primarily a decorative painter and would surprise me by decorating objects and giving them to me as gifts. She would occasionally start massive art and craft projects and I would be drawn into the wonderful glittery chaos of fun and discovery.

Growing up locally in Geigertown, my childhood was surrounded decorative folk art of the Pennsylvania Germans. It was not until much later (when I was about 32, and living in Florida), that the symbols and style of this art found its was into my paintings. I began to take my fantasies and images and paint similarly to the Pennsylvania German fracturs. My work has evolved since then, but there still remain some of those early characteristics.

In the 1980's, someone referred to my work as "narrative paintings" and I think this is an appropriate label, as most of my work tell a story.

 Painting is and has been a calling for me and I have approached my art seriously since 1978. Although many artists and teachers have influenced me, probably the best advise I ever received was from my fellow artist and friend, Leo Garel.

Leo worked as an artist from the time he was a young man of 18 until he died at the age of 80... having painted on the last day of his life. His advise... to "show up" on a routine basis. "It" (the creative process of painting), cannot happen without the painter being present. I still find this the best advise I have received and the best advise I can give."