''I have found that contemplating the spare beauty and silence of the desert region east of my home in Los Angeles seems to empty the mind of the trivial, with the poetic taking its place. These vast, abandoned landscapes inspire a state of creative reverie and, as featured in my work, are evocative of the profound mystery of the mind. Verisimilitude is crucial to the effectiveness of the work. The high degree of detailed pictorial realism engages the viewer in a resonant illusion meant to convey stillness and timelessness-- as well as a sensation of subtle, inward intensity. The painstaking technique is employed to produce a compelling equivalence of observed appearances and a restrained surface quality appropriate to the works’ quiet, meditative expression. The dry, elemental properties of pastel, charcoal, and chalk feel particularly well-suited to describing features of an arid environment. The city-dweller must travel ever increasing distances to find the rewards of relative solitude. The automobile, although a product of advanced technology, can privately convey us away from civilization and its material distractions. In the West, it is the largely undeveloped desert where we may find a renewed connection with what often remains elusive: our essential self.''
''Sharon Allicotti's paintings represent an evocative, lyrical relationship between the lone figure in repose--or objects suggesting the human presence--and the starkly beautiful desert landscapes east of the Los Angeles metropolis where she lives. It is not only the unique features of the sitter and environment she portrays, but she creates an image that is expansive and resonantly psychological. Although the works are characterized by great specificity they remain as with poetryopen to individual interpretation.''
MFA, California State University, Long Beach, 1987
Selected Honors and Grants
•Purchase Award, Works on Paper: Beginnings, Brand Library Art Galleries, Glendale, CA, 2009
•Residency Fellowship, The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of Taos, New Mexico, 2003
•Purchase Prize, Wright State University Art Galleries, Dayton, OH, 2000
•Best of Show Award, Texas National, Stephen Austin Univ., TX, 1998