Sharon Ellis’ paintings represent timeless landscapes that highlight the interplay between a visible world and an equally present, invisible one. Using light as the primary medium, Ellis juxtaposes light and dark values, creating new sculptural forms coupled with deep spaces. Her subjects – taken from nature – are painstakingly rendered with multiple layers of transparent glazes, resulting in surfaces that are spacious and immaterial.
Her work tends to follow in the tradition of Romanticism, showing a deepened appreciation for the beauty of nature and exaltation for the senses. Curator and critic Dave Hickey once wrote that, “By embracing abstraction and representation, composition and pattern, temporality and narrative, death and beauty, Ellis’ paintings hold out the possibility of being recognized as objects that exceed our grasp without demeaning our longing – objects toward which our understanding might aspire, that we may love and respect even as we await the good, solemn eternal reasons for doing so.”