Versatile, talented, kind, generous – just a few words to describe artist, Sharon Morley. I was fortunate to meet Mrs. Morley a few years ago at an art workshop on oil pastel exploration at the Essex Art Center in Lawrence. As the instructor of the workshop, Mrs. Morley brought great enthusiasm and a well-rounded portfolio of work. She mentioned to the small group that she would always be willing to help us out and if we ever got stuck on a project or didn’t know what materials to buy, just call her up! Well, I am so thankful I “made that call.” Mrs. Morley also visited my Drawing and Painting class a couple years ago and since then I’ve been eager to get her back in front of young artists.
Mrs. Morley’s visit included an in-depth artist talk, offering advice on materials, marketing, the creative process and much more. She preached to the students that “you can learn a lot out on your own,” encouraging them to simply visit their local libraries for lots of art books and instructional DVDs. One of the pieces of advice I hope to take home is her philosophy on developing a studio space. She encouraged everyone to reserve a space for art and “fill it with things you love.” Mrs. Morley’s enthusiasm for carving out time in life to pursue one’s own art journey truly felt infectious.
I am very thankful for Sharon Morley’s sacrifice of time and energy today. She was a wave of creative enthusiasm that I’m guessing will not quickly dissipate.