Tin City Artist is home to the art I have created over the years. I've lived in the suburbs of Tin City (which is a suburb of Wallace, NC) since 1972, and throughout the ups and downs of an ordinary life I've manage to create a surprising volume of work. This website will be its final home. This is where I intend to tell the rest of my story.
I let my 2010 website tincityart.com lapse, and I decided in early 2023 that I was ready to give it another try. My domain name was no longer available, but tincityartist.com WAS available. After some reflection, it felt like synchronicity at work in my life again.
This site is is not so much about the work I create as it is about my acceptance of the artist I have become and how my life here in southeastern North Carolina has shaped the artist part of me.
Capturing everyday awe is what I do.
Art for Sale. If people like my work enough to buy a print, I am happy. If people like my work enough to buy an original, I am thrilled. I love the thought that little bits of me are hanging in other people's homes, but I don't like the business part of trying to sell myself.
This website will eventually be my place to sell prints and the occasional original, and I selectively take commissions. But it will mainly be a gallery of my work and a place to express some other aspects of being a Tin City artist.
For most of my life I've had to "create" a studio - in a corner of a room usually, and sometimes I would take over a whole room if I could, but it was always a pop-up studio at best, and it was never a good place to paint. The chaos of my paintng mess in the middle of everything else was better than nothing, but inevitably I would have to close it down for one reason or another. There was never a place I could go to paint and leave the mess and come back to it without disrupting the rest of my life. Now I have that place.
The ShART'eau. The name evolved. The 24'x 36' storage shed with a 16 foot shelter all the way around was necessary to accommodate all my Second Chance Husband's STUFF, but it was too nice for just storage. And my corner for painting seemed to dominate the room when it was finished. The kids said it was MORE than a storage shed, and it wasn't a She Shed - it was too nice to call a shed at all - and jokingly, "it's more like a chateau!" Thus, Sh for Sharon/she shed, ART because that's what I do there, and "eau to denote the "nicety" of it. Oh, I just call it the studio most of the time, but it's officially the ShART'eau, and we love it almost as much as we love our little house. We spend many happy hours there. And I can paint to my heart's content, clean my brushes, and walk out and leave the rest. Some dreams do come true. -
I've discovered in the ShART'eau that I have an affinity for painting pet portraits. I've done at least fifteen of them so far, and I look forward to doing more. This is Milo, my daughter-in-law's sweet dog, a treasured memory of a beloved companion.