Sharon Forthofer grew up on a farm in northern Indiana. She earned a masters degree in education and taught for 24 years in Indiana. Sharon studied art and oil painting with portrait artists, Cleda Curtis-Neal and Tom Edgerton. She participated in still life, figurative and plein air painting workshops in the United States and in Europe.
“The beauty of nature is my greatest source of inspiration whether painting a plein air piece or a still life. I enjoy painting from life to create a realistic impression. I strive to capture the rhythms of color and shadow with direct painting techniques. Painting fills me with hope and joy. It is my intent to impart this happiness to others.”