Sharon Zeugin makes art and teaches workshops in her Austin, Texas Studio, and throughout the USA, Canada and Italy. In addition to being a faculty member of numerous international calligraphy conferences, Sharon has been Program Coordinator for the Literally Letters Program at Ghost Ranch, New Mexico, and is a faculty member of the Austin Contemporary Art School. Her award winning work appears in publications such as Letter Arts Review, The Calligrapher’s Engagement Calendar, Somerset Studio Magazine, the Lark Book,”The Art and Craft of Hand Lettering,” and most recently, the 24th edition of the cassic Speedball Textbook.
In addition to painting, drawing and calligraphy, Sharon is a visual practitioner specializing in custom maps, graphic recording and sketch notes.
My approach to making art is intuitive, improvisational. Dreams, the Ghost Ranch landscape, repetitive lines in nature (including the human form), gestural lines and marks, handwriting, graffiti, poetry are inspiration for work which runs the gamut between large paintings, collages and broadsides to small drawings on paper and art journals. Often more dream-like than bold, my art whispers and suggests, drawing the viewer in for a closer look. I weave together text–my own poetry & prose–and images in a layered, organic way where calligraphy and handwriting become expressive, living lines dancing freely about the broadside or canvas. Personal scripts I have developed include “feminized Roman Capitals” and an undulating line of lower case lettering reminiscent of Arabic, consisting of contrasting round, open forms and sharp compressed ones. Currently I am working on a ‘Grackle Script.” These more expressive, living lines and forms–as opposed to the more well-behaved, evenly spaced traditional forms– are better suited for personal work. Sketchbooks are a favorite vehicle for art discoveries because of their personal and authentic nature. I consider the pages of art contained within them as complete, rather than studies intended for future, “finished” work.
Past Series of works include: “Womanuscripts: the question of meaning for a 21st century female scribe“;”Excavations,“: Paths & Portals”, “Cracks & Fissures”, “the Commonly Uncommon Grackle and blackbirds.” More recent series include: Taos Spring and Taos Winter, in mixed media and cold wax and oil. I am currently working on a “SHOCKRA” series of large paintings which are a response to the 2016 election.