Felice Sharp
UNDER THE SURFACE: A Q&A with the artist:


PFA: Tell us about your background. Where did you grow up? Your family?

I grew up in Nashville N Tennessee and spent a couple of years in New York when I was dancing. My dad was an attorney and my mom a math professor. I was the odd duck.


PFA: How would you say our background influenced your career? And at what age did you become curious about art?

My parents always kept me busy from the time I was in preschool. I was involved in music, dance and art. Art was a diversion when I danced. I became more serious about in my later years.


PFA: What inspires you, and how do you stay inspired? How has this shaped your artistic philosophy?

Color and movement inspire me. I have taught yoga for years; the meditative practice seems to help my direction. I wish I knew how I continue to be inspired. There always seems to be a new direction to follow.


PFA: What artist(s) has (have) had the biggest influence on your work?

Isabelle Melchoir, Giacomitti, DaVinci, Lautre, Nathan Oliveira


PFA: What is your artistic philosophy?

I always begin with a lot of material at hand, without much direction. At some point the paint will tell me what to do. My favorite teacher told me you learn to forget. My images at one point were exact (I painted portraits) but now I never think about where the line goes.


PFA: What do you need around you while you are working in the studio?

Silence and alot of materials.


PFA: What do you most enjoy doing while you are not painting?

Yoga and grandchildren – there is a reason they call them “grand”


PFA: What is your favorite traveling experience?

Europe. Italy and France primarily. I dug the pigments I use in my work in the South of France.


PFA: If you weren't an artist, what would you be?

I can’t imagine it. I told someone once that I keep painting and it has become a life work. If I could not practice, I would teach. I have changed some of my materials over the years but have always found a way to continue. I paint because I have to. It is what I do

EXHIBITIONS

2010
Allison Sprock South Carolina Fine Art, Charleston, South Carolina
Allison Sprock South Carolina Fine Art, Charlotte, North Carolina

2009
Fay Gold Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia
Allison Sprock South Carolina Fine Art, Charleston, South Carolina
Astolfi Art Exhibition
Thomas Deans Fine Art, Atlanta, Georgia
Bennett Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee

2008
Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia
“Small Pieces Show” Swan Coach House, curated by Mary Ann Lambert, Atlanta, Georgia
Allison Sprock Fine Art, Charleston, South Carolina

2007
Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia
Allison Sprock Fine Art, Charleston, South Carolina
Bennett Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee
“Small Pieces Show” Swan Coach House, curated by Mary Ann Lambert, Atlanta, Georgia

2006
Lowe Gallery, Sana Monica, California
Allison Sprock Fine Art, Charleston, South Carolina

2005
Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia
Allison Sprock Fine Art, Charleston, South Carolina
“Refusing to Dance Backwards”, Spruill Art Center, curated by Ben Apfelbaum, Atlanta, Georgia
Bennett Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee
Mason Murer Fine Art, Atlanta, Georgia

2004
Bennett Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee
“Holiday Show”, Swan Coach House, curated by Mary Ann Lambert, Atlanta, Georgia

2003
Bennett Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee
“Works on Paper” Spruill Art Center, curated by Ben Apfelbaum, Atlanta, Georgia

2002
“Miniatures”, Swan Coach House, curated by Mary Ann Lambert, Atlanta, Georgia
The Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia
Bennett Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee

2001
The Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia
Bennett Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee
“Sketch Pad Show”, Swan Coach House, curated by Mary Ann Lambert, Atlanta, Georgia
“Works on Paper”, Spruill Art Center, curated by Ben Apfelbaum, Atlanta, Georgia
“Suntrust Art Exhibit”, Barkin-Leeds Ltd., Atlanta, Georgia

2000
“Works on Paper”, Spring, The Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia
“One Woman Show - Canvases”, Fall, The Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia

1999
The Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia
The Zodiac Room, Neiman Marcus, Atlanta, Georgia

1998
The Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia

1997
“Conception Series”, Smith Grubbes, Atlanta, Georgia

1996
Studio Show, Atlanta, Georgia
Fowler/Jones Annual Art Show, Atlanta, Georgia
Erika Reade, Atlanta, Georgia

1995
Bennett Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee
Studio Show, Atlanta, Georgia
Swan Coach House, Atlanta, Georgia
Marilyn Wilson Gallery, Birmingham, Alabama

PUBLICATIONS

Art in Review, November 2001 Austin S. Lin
The Rich Painterly Universe of Felice Sharp, Museums & Galleries, March - April 2000 Jane F. Garvey

Education

University of Tennessee University of Alabama

INDEPENDENT STUDIES

Wanetta Green Williams, Nashville, TN
Sara Mosely, Nashville, TN
Ouida Canady, Atlanta, GA
Allen Tiegreen, Atlanta, GA
Joseph Perrin, GA
Lee Bomhoff, Atlanta. GA