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Paintings By Sharon Dwyer Buzard: Then and Now
Since Sharon Dwyer Buzard watched her college-student father sit at a microscope laboring over intricate drawings for his biology class when she was a young child, she has known that art is important. As she began to create her own art, her inspiration has come from the real world by finding beauty in the ordinary: an old grocery store building, a movie theatre, the haunted face of a refugee, a meadow flower, or an arrangement of seed pods and leaves found in a street gutter.
Like Leonardo, Rembrandt, Picasso, Chagall, Hopper, and Wyeth, Sharon has a visual condition that deprives her of the ability to see three dimensions, and, yet, like Hopper, she is most inspired by cityscapes and architectural subjects and has painted many such subjects while living in Western New York.
Sharon attended Butler University and John Herron Art Institute in Indianapolis simultaneously and majored in English and Fine Arts, receiving classical training from well-known Hoosier artists. Ultimately, after she graduated, she became a public high school teacher in both fields. In the late 1970’s, she earned her Master’s in Painting at Rochester Institute of Technology, studying under the guidance of Fred Meyer and Robert Heischman who helped develop her skills in many media: oil, acrylic, water color, pastel, and colored pencil. She was the first part-time graduate student in the School of Art and Design because she was also busy having babies: Laura and Susannah Buzard.
In 1986, Sharon began teaching art classes in her home while also creating many images on canvas and furniture and starting an interior design practice. She has shown her work at The Memorial Art Gallery, Wolfard’s Galleries, The Ward Gallery, Village Gate, The Metro Gallery and Roco Rachacha in Rochester, New York, and out-of-town at Butler University, The Women of the Finger Lakes Exhibition, The Indiana State Museum site at the Limberlost, and The Center Gallery in Chattanooga. Her work is owned by a number of private collectors.
Sharon is delighted to dedicate this exhibition to the architect and developer Angelo Chiarella and his art-loving wife, Winnifred, who were her first patrons.