‘When Are You Coming Home?’ by Sharon England
Artist: Sharon England
Title: ‘When Are You Coming Home?’
Medium: Watercolour and acrylic on Arches watercolour paper
Dimensions: 30″ x 22″
Year of Creation: 2023
About the Artwork:
“When starting this work I imagined an old sideboard full of collected memorabilia and curios that harness the stories of a life lived – trips taken, momentos exchanged, gifts received by present day loved ones and people almost forgotten. As the idea developed I wanted to paint a bust surrounded by curious objects and then settled on a modern day Dorothy the much loved heroine of one of the most iconic tales of all time, The Wizard of Oz. The bust of Dorothy features reminders of her friends the lion, the scarecrow and the tin man and all of the insecurities the plague us in lives and relationships. Not smart enough, not worthy of love, not brave enough. The birdie curio to the left and Dorothy’s headpiece a glaring reminder of our neediness at times, to be loved and never abandoned like objects on a sideboard.” – Sharon England
About the Artist:
Sharon is known for her strong figurative paintings, her use of narrative and a sensuous use of paint, her intricate detail in acrylic delicately applied over layers of watercolour. She is the quintessential romantic painter, concerned primarily with exploring our innate connection to nature and the power and beauty in our landscape. Her work addresses timeless issues such as our search for self and what it is like to live in the world. Sharon’s ultimate purpose as an artist is to leave the viewer with a sense of peace.
Sharon England’s work is based on drawing and imagination, made from intuition and experience. Her career background as a graphic designer has developed her keen sense of composition and her love of travel inspires her use of tribal markings and patterns in her work.
Sharon is a member of The Monarch Art Collective an Australia wide group of contemporary pop surrealists who are emerging through social media to make their mark on the Australian art scene.