Sharon Grimes, of Longview, TX is a self-taught contemporary abstract artist whose art is a personal expression of life, with all of its textures and layers. Inspired by nature and the universe, her work typically features vivid colors and vibrant energy and is consistently characterized by strong composition, contrast, and texture which demonstrates her remarkable understanding of color and composition. Sharon first became interested in art at a young age. She grew up loving to sketch people, animals, and her surroundings. In her early twenties, her passion for art blossomed as she was inspired by the many galleries and museums she frequented in London while living abroad for a year.
Grimes was a 2014 Hunting Art Prize finalist. Her work has been described by Sara Eyestone, artist, writer and curator La Posada de Sante Fe Hotel and Spa as a “feast for the eyes”. Grimes paintings have been exhibited in group exhibitions including the East Texas Regional Art Exhibit at Longview Museum of Fine Arts, P’s Gallery Regional Art Exhibit, Tyler Museum of Art and solo exhibits at Classics Furniture and Interiors,Texarkana Regional Arts and Humanities Council,Elm Street Studio of Keller and Longview Museum of Fine Art. Her art is also exhibited in public collections including Tyler Street Bistro, Regions Bank, Longview Museum of Fine Arts and The Women’s Center of East Texas.Her work is in many private collections throughout the United States and has been featured in Piney Woods Live Magazine, Southlake Arts, Four States Magazine, Texarkana Gazette and Longview News-Journal.
Sharon Grimes has studied with renown artist Xianng Zhang, William Kalwick, Jane E Jones and more recently Cheryl McClure of Overton, TX and Cody Hooper of Albuquerque, NM.
Her talent and love of art have led her to direct and conduct courses on the subject of Art as Meditation. She has also been commissioned by First Lutheran Church of Longview, TX to paint “Spiritual Collection” which still hangs in the church today. She created a collage for the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Sierra Leone, Africa as a commemoration of the victims of civil unrest. She has exhibited for several local art groups and taught at the Longview Museum of Fine Arts summer programs. She is a member of Southwestern Society of Watercolor Artist.