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Sharon Hildebrand

For Sharon Hildebrand, watercolor is the quicksilver of artistic mediums. Always active, never still, Hildebrand enhances watercolor's mercurial properties, how it sits on top of some paper, sinks deep down into the fibers of others. She moves from transparent to opaque surfaces with crystal-clear to hauntingly hazy impressions. Using the incredible range of effects is endlessly challenging to her. To direct its well-deserved reputation for unpredictable behavior, Hildebrand has developed a number of techniques for applying watercolor. Including blotting and lifting colors, layering, glazing, under and over drawing, combining inks, using the ends of brushes, spatulas, and even fingers wrapped in plastic bags, she does whatever necessary to get a certain mark. The result of all these concerns with process and craft, far from approaching any end in themselves, are paintings that address an array of profound philosophical issues. These issues surround the search for contentment in a contemporary world where life too often passes by, a stress-ridden blur.

In putting technique at the service of her vision, Hildebrand, in treating watercolor as independent expression, is part of a creative movement in American art beginning in the early 20th century with Winslow Homer and John Singer Sargent. She belongs to an adventurous group of contemporary artists, all strong individualists who like meticulous realist Carolyn Brady and gestural expressionist Stephen Pace are different in style and in terms of their concerns with content, but connected through a shared interest in extending the possibilities of watercolor.

Of Hungarian descent, her images are inspired by a strong heritage of beautiful design and rich, saturated color. Elegant borders and elaborate patterns reinforce the strength and character of her work. A strong fundamental drawing background enhances the line quality and solidity of the artist's paintings. A dramatic yet delicate imagery reflects Sharon's admiration of Japanese silk painting and the exquisite craftsmanship of the Meiji period. Sharon Hildebrand was born in Ohio. She studied at Bowling Green University, Columbus College of Art and Design and Ohio State University.


Sharon Hildebrand

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The Black Fish
Watercolor on Paper
46" x 29"
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Curtain Call
Watercolor on Paper
42" x 56"
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Dolphin and Riders
Watercolor on Paper
37" x 50"
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Pink and Blue Pool
Watercolor on Paper
31" x 46"
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Yuki-Mi-Doro
Watercolor on Paper
30" x 36"
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Anemone
Watercolor on Paper
36" x 28"
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Space and Illusion
Watercolor on Paper
48" x 36"
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Hint from M
Watercolor on Paper
28" x 34"
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