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To Sandhya, painting is a way to record what leaves lasting impression on us as we journey through places and times. Her preferred medium is oil though she also enjoys working in watercolors, soft pastels, and pen and ink.
Sandhya Sharma holds her doctorate in International Relations and was a visiting Fulbright Scholar (1993-1994) at the Elliot School of International Affairs, George Washington University, Washington DC, for her pre-doctoral studies. After working for several years in teaching, journalism, and book publishing, Sandhya has been studying Fine Art for the past 16 years. In 2014 she earned the London Art College (LAC) Diploma in Painting and Drawing with a distinction and a Certificate of Merit in Life Drawing. In 2016, she earned the LAC certificate of Merit in Portraits Painting.
Born in Indore, India, Sandhya received her early art training at home and then at the Bharati Kala Mandir, Ujjain. After the following a successful career as a journalist and editor, she went back to studying Fine Art at Magomedov Makhatch's Atelier (the Roubtzoff School) at the Russian Cultural Centre, Unis, Tunisia. She is Atelier trained also at the Florence Art Academy, Sweden; Royal Drawing School, London; and the Schuler School of Fine Arts, Baltimore. Sandhya is mentored by famous British plein air artists, Barry John Raybould and Paul Weaver She is trained in classical drawing and painting by artists of world renown: Stephen Bauman, Cornelia Hernes, and Martin Yeoman. Sandhya enjoys
painting landscapes, seascapes, cityscapes and still life, as well as, figures and portraits. For two years (2012-2014), Sandhya was the Instructor for the IWG Tunis Painting Group at her 'Atelier A 02', Route de La Marsa, Tunis. From 2014-2017 she taught classical drawing and alla prima painting to a select group of young artists at her 'Atelier Sukriti' in Abidjan, Cote D'Ivoire. Presently, she lives in Washington DC. She is Member of the Oil Painters is Founding Member of Figurative Art Convention and Expo (FACE).
I have been creating as far back as I can remember.
The graceful lines in nature’s flora and fauna are my passion. Seasonal inspirations, as reflected in my art, include spring flowers, summer oceans, autumn leaves and winter snow. The folds that develop from fusing and draping glass create a unique gracefulness. Add color, contrast and refraction of light and the pieces smile at me. Paper can also be designed into elegant folds and shapes. I enjoy designing with either medium into functional beauty used in every day life or objects d’art that spark the curiosity of onlookers. Creating with paper has been a part of my life for nearly 20 years and glass since 2014. My home studio is in Forest Hill, Maryland.
Many of the watercolor paintings you see here are of the Maryland Eastern Shore. I prefer the older crab and oyster boats and the ones that are no longer in use that are permanently at the docks or up on the shore. As they age they begin to take on a character of their own. The character of deteriorating wood. The rust that bleeds down on the once white paint and all the battle scars of a boat that worked very hard all of it’s life. For me this is wonderful material for a painting.
At the age of thirteen I won many “best in show” awards for my watercolor paintings, competing against seasoned and professional artist. Several years later I had a scholarship to The Maryland Institute of Art. I put that on hold and decided to try to pursue a career in music first. I ended up singing and playing guitar in coffee houses and night clubs throughout the east coast and Midwest.
During that time I entered a talent show at the prestigious Ohio State Fair. I was fortunate enough to win first place. Back stage I was approached by a talent scout for Columbia Records and offered a chance to tour and perform with The Grand Old Opry. At the time they were touring in Ohio. I performed during a short tour and then decided to play folk music instead of country and do the coffee houses and colleges. I also performed in several rock bands. It would be awhile before I started to paint again. After several years I started a successful business doing limited edition landscapes and seascapes in pen, ink and watercolor. My paintings were exhibited and sold in local galleries locally and throughout the United States and abroad.
During that time I was commissioned to do several watercolor paintings for the Editor of The National Geographic Magazine and exhibit my paintings. A great honor and privilege. I began a career as an illustrator, graphic designer, art director, and commercial artist at the Baltimore Sun and many of the top advertising agencies in Maryland and DC. I also became involved in photography at various advertising agencies. One of my most memorable experiences was photographing on location the movie Avalon directed and produced by Academy Award winner Berry Levinson. Some of those photos can be seen here on this web page. I came from a bohemian family of artists, for lack of a better description. There were always interesting artist, poets, performers and talented people visiting. My grandfather was an award winning illustrator and alumni of The Maryland Institute of Art and honored member of the National Watercolor Society.
My father, mother, and sister were quite talented artist. Although not an artist, my other sister owned a very successful clothing line in New York and raced her thoroughbreds in some of the most prestigious racecourses in the country. You could write a best seller about her life. I have had a very rewarding, challenging, and quite eclectic and interesting journey through the years. And I am always ready for the next challenge.
Maryland based artist, Amy Fix, is passionate about capturing her subject beyond physical likeness. Each portrait is driven by the subject’s personality, energy, and individuality. To reinforce the realism and character of the subject, charcoal pencils are layered with powdered, compressed, and vine charcoal to create tonal exploration and subtle mark-making.
Her favorite subjects range from farm animals and children to symbolic and literal portraits of story-filled houses. Her current series, “Portraits of Home,” portrays meaningful floral arrangements that represent the places the artist has called home. With a Master’s Degree in Fine Art, Amy has received several awards and scholarships, including the College of Graduate Studies Research and Travel Award and the Carolyn Joyner Memorial Scholarship.
She has been featured in the “Exploring the Arts” magazine at Georgia Southern University. Amy exhibits nationally and has art in LaGrange Art Museum’s permanent collection. She presently resides in Harford County with her husband and three-year old son. Her art can be viewed at The Nest on Main and at the Harford Artist’s Gallery in Bel Air, MD.
Gallery owner Robert Buden is thrilled to have such an accomplished and award-winning artist as Sandhya Sharma showcasing her work.
We are also pleased to welcome Susan Gugliutta to Artists Emporium. She brings a unique look to her glass work. Stop by to see her works!
David Michael is a veteran watercolor artist with an extensive art background. We are excited to have his works in our gallery.
Amy Fix is an artist that uses charcoal as her medium of choice. She has a very unique process for her art, and we are excited to have her included in our gallery.
In a few short years, Artists Emporium has become the premier art gallery in Maryland!