Sharon Griffes Tarr’s solo exhibition of oil paintings at the East Lansing Public Library is appropriate as a library played an important role in her journey to becoming a professional artist and teacher. “When I was very small, I visited the local library bookmobile that stopped in our neighborhood every week. I would eagerly search out books with beautiful paintings in them to study. Books, such as “Treasure Island”, illustrated by N.C. Wyeth, and other popular illustrators of the time, were my favorite.”
Today, Sharon’s paintings reflect her deep and abiding love of nature and her respect for the commitment required to be an artist. Working outdoors, en plein air, year round gives her a unique understanding of how light and the vagaries of weather visually affects the landscape. It is not unusual for Sharon to spend a day painting at her outdoor easel in blistering heat or subzero weather to ensure that the feeling of the moment is captured in her paintings.
Sharon’s commitment to the fine arts is total. She has painted and shown her work professionally for over 40 years and in that time has taught many hundreds of artists, across the country, the joy of painting. She says “that to become an artist requires focused hard work and total commitment. Not everyone is ready or capable of that kind of sacrifice in their life.” Sharon has been fortunate to have family and many friends that have been emotionally supportive of her and her artistic journey.
Sharon Griffes Tarr currently teaches at Hannah Center in East Lansing and mentors more advanced students from her Williamston studio, as well as conducts painting workshops for art organizations across the state. She may be contacted and her works viewed via her website: