Sharon's Art Studio

About Sharon DeFreece

SharonWatercolor and Oil Painter

I was born in Kansas and, for as long as I can remember, I have loved to draw pictures. As I grew so did my love of color - from drawing with crayons to painting with my first set of "Prang" watercolors. My junior high and high school was in a small, rural community and art courses were not available at the time. My Home Economics' teacher took me under her wing and introduced me to color and an appreciation of fine art, and inspired me to develop my talent.

I became interested in oil painting as a young woman but didn't have the academics I felt I needed. I started by taking a course at Johnson County Community College, and from then on, my love for art matured through many forms: drawing, painting, printmaking, two- and three-dimensional design, and sculpture.

After a lot of artistic experimentation, I began the journey into the "wonderful world of watercolor." This unique medium was introduced to me by Gulf Coast Artist, Kay Barnebey, who became my teacher, mentor, and friend, and has become my favorite medium for artistic expression.

I now am enjoying the Gallery experience, painting and teaching watercolor at The First Art Gallery of Olathe. I specialize in personal portraits and accept commissions. I can be contacted through the gallery or my email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .