• The Creators

    Sharon Brown is not a "portraitist."  She is a painter.  In this series, she has turned to the tradition of the portrait in order to express something about her emotional journey, her body of work, and her supportive circle of fellow artists that she could not express in any other way.   Before they are anything else, these paintings are beautiful paintings.  Then they are portraits, carrying with them the power of the face to conjure up our earliest feelings of connection and trust.


  • Oh Baby!

    Throughout her career, Sharon has often painted children.  They appear in family portraits, as well as in series such as Virginia, Sisters, and Heartland.  When a new grandson arrived in Denver in 2012, she became inspired to paint him, as she had painted her other grandsons years ago.  She enjoyed it so much she asked relatives and friends to send her images of infants, and the result was a series of oil paintings called "Oh Baby!" that opened in June 2013 at The Pattern Shop Studio.

  • Damage

    The "Damage" series began with a small but compelling black and white newspaper image of a woman charged with child abuse who had obviously been abused herself by her boyfriend.  I painted her and her boyfriend in slightly larger than life size and in bright colors, and it occurred to me that people like them have seldom if ever been the subjects of portraits.  Subsequently, I painted two dozen more felons, attracted by the irony that they were people who obviously inflicted damage upon others, but just as obviously were themselves damaged.  Many of my paintings are based on anonymous amateur photographs; these are based on photographs taken by anonymous mug shot snappers.

  • Interiors

    Over their long careers, Sharon Brown and Sharon Feder have absorbed the styles available for expressing what they feel and have honed the skills necessary for doing it hauntingly. Although both of them work in a variety of forms, each returns periodically to the theme of interiority and the settings in which they and others live out their private lives. Both paint exteriors--Feder often of buildings, Brown often of faces--but do so in ways that reveal what the exteriors conceal. This tension of exterior/interior, public/private, conscious/unconscious runs throughout their work.

    In this show, you can see all of the things you see in classic interiors: empty chairs, books, oriental rugs, paintings on the walls, objects of value to their owners but mysterious to us; slants of light, dogs and cats, beds, people sleeping or musing or reading, but in any case, unguarded; a human presence in an empty room that is all the stronger for the absence of its inhabitants. You can feel time and peace and quiet and a certain kind of love.


  • Heartland

    The series Heartland is a natural extension of my body of work over the last 20 years. The specific inspiration was a commission for a friend, Kelan Smith, who wanted a painting of a favorite photograph of his grandmother in a wheat field. i found that this photograph was but one of many wonderfully evocative images of farm life in the first half of the 20th century in upper Midwest America. One hundred year old images captured unsmiling families, dressed in best clothes, sitting patiently for rare portraits. Later photographs recorded reunions, homes, anniversaries and the natural progress of the descendants of immigrants. Above all, they documented the lives of ordinary people whose stories have always interested me and inspired so much of my work. I am honored to have been able to reach across time and peek into their lives.


  • Commissions

    My paintings have largely been based on my interpretation of old photographs. Because nearly everyone has a cache of them, I am able to not only support my regular work but also to work on a commission basis for clients who have special images they wish to memorialize in an oil painting. Based on size and complexity, prices range from $600 to several thousand dollars, unframed. Here are some samples of past commissions. If you are interested, please contact me by phone 303-297-9831.


  • Virginia: A Life

    Since 1988, when she found two trashbags in the alley full of letters, photographs, and memoribilia belonging to a departed neighbor named Virginia, Sharon has painted 85 "Virginia" paintings. The Pattern Shop Studio show hanging from October to December, 2011, displays 37 of them, 15 painted in 2011. This gallery shows many of them.  Please see my review, "Honoring the Ordinary," on the front page for more background on the series.