Sharon T. Goodyear
Approach / Inspiration
Inspiration for awakening to the beauty of the plant began with an invitation from Eileen to join the Botanical Art Society NL. Trees, roots, fruit, flower, vegetable - it seemed as though I hadn't really observed nature before with anything other than the eye of an Impressionist. Then I remembered a walking program I started last Spring and the macro photos I'd taken then of the successive stages of maple buds unfurling. After a long winter you could see and feel the energy in them.
As the cold weather began this past November I had the desire to have something growing indoors. I began by planting a few sprouted fava beans. I now have a small collection of window plants, a few with blooms - orange, fuchsia, violet. Suddenly I was seeing the plants up close in remarkable, almost holy, detail. I saw form, colour and design in the natural art of these plants. The awakening to this was (not to overstate it) akin to being given a new kind of sight.
My background and ongoing work is with the figure in oils. For 10 years my focus has been on the traditional Christian icon. At art school, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax, my major was painting with additional course work in drawing and sculpture. I have a fine art teaching degree as well and have divided my time between a studio practice and teaching. I am now doing full time studio work.
I've just returned to St. John's after a long stay in Nova Scotia. Yes things grow faster there but with much less courage.