About the Artist

"Beauty moves me. I need to dive deep into it and paint to capture its colour, movement and light.

My paintings are varied – flowers, still life, urban settings and landscapes. I work in acrylic, oil and on silk. Travelling to Mexico and many countries in Europe has brought new perspectives to my work.

Learning to really ‘see’ is not just sight – but an awareness of all the different colours in ordinary daily things, the effect of light, seeing patterns and perspective. The ultimate goal is that my work evokes an emotional response by capturing a special moment in life."

Sharon Nielsen

Sharon's Education & Accomplishments


1994 Bachelor of Arts (Commerce) University of Toronto

1999-2007 Painting under the guidance of Donnah Cameron II: watercolor, acrylics, silk 

2001 Studied with Margaret Roseman, a noted Canadian Watercolorist

2001-2003 3 one-week intensive watercolor workshops - Laurentian College

2004 2 week on-location workshop in the south of France

2005 Ceramics - Joan Elena Goldberg & Lino Arteaga; Art composition& history- Nina Wisniewski; expressive ink painting from Britt Zaist, San  Miguel de Allende (SMA), Mexico 

2006 Life drawing - Henry Vermillion; watercolor - Edina Sagert/ Brian Care, SMA, Mexico

2007 Oil painting - John Pryce; acrylic abstracts - D.D. Gadajanski; art composition & painting, Don Caven; watercolour, Tom Lynch.

2008 Encaustic painting - Eschwan (SMA), Mexico

2010 Watercolour - Doug Mays; Oil painting - Donna Dixon in SMA,Mexico

2011 Impressionism/Theory, Fleming College

2014 Life Drawing – Brian Smith, Fleming College

2015 One week on location & one week in-class sessions - Donna & Tom Dickson, SMA, Mexico

2016 Portrait Painting course from Catherine Mills

2017 Oil painting courses from Harvey Walker and from Linda Edwards

2018 Six week course from Juan Zaragoza, Mexico; Florals in Acrylic from Rose Pearson


Honourable Mention for watercolour painting “June Favourites”

York Region Artists Association “Artist of the Month” for silk painting “Magnolias”

Honourable Mention for oil painting “Spring in Provence”

Honourable Mention for alternate media painting, “Bamboo Forest”

Honourable Mention for alternate media painting, “Hot Tango Night”

Honourable Mention for acrylic painting, “Waiting”


2001, 2002   Solo Art Show and Sale, at my studio 54 Cedar Street, Uxbridge

2011 Solo Show, Skylight Gallery


2004-2017 Society of York Region Artists, Group Show 

2002, 2006-18 ‘Art Aurora’ Juried Art Show

2009-2011, 2013-2016,2018 ‘Art in the Valley’, Juried Art Show


2003  Group Art Show, Seniors Centre, Newmarket 

2004  ‘Summerfest’ Art Show at Elgin Park, Uxbridge 

2012  Society of York Region Artists 25th Anniversary Show

2005- Present  Uxbridge Artists Studio Tour, Annual Show

Private collections in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Quebec City, Austin TX, Portand OR