Sharon France

"My contemporary country landscapes are of the old farms, barns, farmhouses, animals, and quiet rural scenes that I love to paint. The ideas for my paintings come from my imagination, memories, and impressions of the places that I have been and seen here in the Midwestern Heartland."

Landscape painter Sharon France's work has been described as "having an intriguing peacefulness in its quiet simplicity." France feels blessed to live on an old farmstead in the Heartland, surrounded by the quiet and peaceful countryside that she loves to paint.

France works in both acrylic and oil paint, although she most often works in acrylic on stretched canvas for her original landscapes. She paints by a process of building up many thin layers using both wet and dry brush techniques.

France received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Northern Illinois University. Her skill in landscape and animal painting has come from the experience of working to slowly develop her distinctive style over time. France is a juried member of the Society of Animal Artists.

Selected Exhibitions & Awards
Annual Juried Exhibit , Bridgeport Arts Center Gallery, Chicago, IL USA, 2013
26th Annual International, Juried Exhibition on Animals in Art, LSU, Baton Rouge, LA, 2013
Regional Juried Exhibition X, Freeport Art Museum, Freeport, IL, 2013-14
Regional Juried Exhibition IX, Freeport Art Museum, Freeport, IL, USA, 2012-13
The Peaceable Kingdom: Animals, Real and Imagined Juried Exhibition, Lesher Center for the Arts - Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA USA, 2013
Kishwaukee College Permanent Art Collection , Malta, IL , Malta, IL USA, 2012 and 2013
Art in the Embassies US State Dept., Sri Lanka, American Embassy in Sri Lanka, 2020-2021