I graduated with a BA in Fine Art from Westmont College in 2006, and continued my studies at the Denver Artists League. In 2010 my husband and I moved back to Santa Barbara where we are enjoying life with our two rambunctious children. 
I feel very blessed to live in such a beautiful area with so many natural inspirations.  Tall palm trees contrasted against the sky, seaside cliffs, adorable bright buildings, and quaint little towns.  My goal is to isolate and build upon things that I find beautiful, things that others may have overlooked.  

My Painting Process:

I paint using an alla prima technique, painting wet-on-wet usually in a single layer, and in a single sitting.  I really hate to stop working on a painting before I'm finished with it, so this approach suits me perfectly!
I start out with a pretty detailed pencil sketch on my chosen painting surface, then I add a thin oil wash, usually burnt sienna, just to give it some tone.  Then work from dark to light, or if the sky is very prominent I complete that area first, and then continue the dark to light approach to the rest of the painting.
You can find more information about my process, palette and tools, as well as videos and demos on my instagram page @sharon.schock.art

Selected Shows and Awards:

2020 Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art - Annual juried exhibition. 

2019 Linda Fairly Arts Center - Summer juried show, People's Choice award, 3rd place award, and honorable mention. 

2019 IBC - Solo exhibit

2015/16/17/18/20 Zookers, Carpinteria, CA - Solo exhibit

2013 Bella Rosa Galleries, Santa Barbara, CA - Solo exhibit

2012 Westmont Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA - Featured Artist

2012 Santa Barbara Tennis Club, Santa Barbara, Ca - Featured Artist

2012 Westmont Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA - Juried Show

2011 Divine Inspiration Gallery of Fine Art, Santa Barbara, CA - Solo exhibit

2011 Palm Loft Gallery, Carpinteria, CA - Featured Artist

2011 Red Door Gallery, Carpinteria, CA - Featured Artist

2011 Art Along the Creek, First Place Urban Landscape, Second Place Portrait/Figure

2011 855 Gallery, Third Place Overall

2011 Channing Peake Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA - Juried Show

2010 Art Along the Creek Second Place, Realism

2009 Regis University - Dayton Memorial Library - Solo Show

2002-2006 Creative & Performing Arts Scholarship, Westmont College

2002 Artistic Entrepreneurship Award