Sharn McGregor

Email: sharn.mcgregor.artist@gmail.com

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Self-Portrait

Burning fields

Heart Still Beating



Biography

Born in Falkirk in 1980, Sharn McGregor’s passion for creativity dates back to her childhood, being raised by artistic parents and encouraged to paint and draw even before she went to school. This talent and enthusiasm for creative and cultural expression continued over the years and Sharn’s techniques have developed and diversified.
Never afraid of experimentation, Sharn likes to work with a wide range of mediums including, oil and acrylic painting, graphite and charcoal sketching, pastel drawing, plasterwork, casting and carvings, photography, printing and textiles. As a student, Sharn produced conceptual, multi-sensory pieces using combinations of light, smoke, scent, audio and sound combined with 2D and 3D pieces. Being creative with mixed media is a particular enthusiasm of Sharn’s, resourcefulness being very much central to her ecological value system in addition to her technical skill-set.
An emotionally sensitive and empathetic humanitarian, Sharn’s influences include the detailed anatomical draughtsmanship of Leonardo Da Vinci; the organic art noveau motifs of Margaret McDonald Mackintosh; the emotionally turbulent expressionism of Edvard Munch; the stark use of light and colour by J. M. W. Turner; the social realism of Tracy Emin; the subtle, clandestine brilliance of Doris Salcedo and the vivacious, tempestuous mark-making style in John Bellany’s painting.
Sharn’s approach to art is holistic, multifaceted and multi-textured. Expanding on this holistic theme, Sharn commented:
“I’ve always felt that I was the quiet child in the corner with a paintbrush in hand, trying to capture my reality. Art has always gotten under my skin and empowered me. It allows me to communicate thoughts and feelings, and capture the essence of things I cannot verbalise.
“The reach that art has is astounding - from conveying concepts and prompting thoughts or inspiring hope in someone’s life – and it connects us like nothing else.”
“I love art in all its forms. When I’m not in the studio or dealing with mundanity, I am spending time with my children and friends, playing a guitar or dancing. Neither one is wholly exclusive. I am the mother of four unique individuals, all of whom are gifted with musicality and artistic ability and it’s a beautiful thing to share.
Community-focussed in her outlook and vocational trajectory, Sharn particularly enjoys working with children and teenagers as part of her artistic practice. A lifelong supporter of philanthropic projects, and enjoys combining fine art with conceptual messaging on behalf of Charity groups, community-based groups and children. She derives great fulfilment from participating in sponsored activities for charities and has raised money over the years for, among others, MacMillan Cancer Relief, World Aid, Shelter, Cancer Research and local charities through my consumer choices. “ I am consumer conscious, environmentally concerned, recycle where possible and use Fair-Trade products.”