"Some astrophysicists believe that the greatest music composers of the world channeled their musical compositions from the cosmos. I am inspired by the cosmos and all the energy within it. I believe I transfer universal healing energy into my work which emanates to all who view the work."
Anne Sharlene McLearon studied art in Canada at the Ottawa School of Art, Algonquin College, Carleton University and the National Gallery of Canada. International Studies include the Paris American Academy in Paris, France, Studio Giambo in Florence, Italy, and the Chautauqua Institute in the USA. Studies include art history, life drawing and painting, drawing, watercolour, oil and acrylic painting, colour theory, portraiture, Tibetan and Renaissance painting, sumi-e, sculpture, engraving, woodcarving, batik, copper enameling, photography and visual arts business. A docent at the National Gallery of Canada in the early 80’s, she specialized in fine art appreciation for children and conducted school tours in the National Gallery.
Sharlene has participated in group show art shows in Saudi Arabia, Canada, Germany and Italy. She had many solo exhibitions across Saudi Arabia. The National Museum for Women in the Arts in Washington, D. C., opened a file for her work in their archives. UNICEF selected her painting “Sunflowers” for a correspondence card in 1993 and marketed it in Europe and Asia. Her work can be found in more than 30 countries.
In her career, Sharlene taught art and illustrated for magazines and books, worked in print and television journalism, published poetry, did public speaking, nursing and philanthropic work. She is a Reiki Master/Teacher, a dowser and a teacher of other healing energy systems. Since 2007 she has exhibited with Studio Giambo of Florence and has participated annually in the Artist Book exhibition in the Tuscany region, exhibiting in Florence, Pisa, Pontremoli and other cities as well as a virtual exhibition with Advancing Women Artists in Florence. Presently she is concentrating on a series of work, themed “Music of the spheres”.
This review was published by Circle Foundation for the Arts © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist