Literature: Children's; Literature: Fiction; Literature: Other; Visual Arts: Illustration; Visual Arts: Painting
Sharon Goldman, a native Floridian and Fine Arts graduate of the University of Florida had a long career in the advertising business as an Art Director. After raising three children (now college graduates) she started a new career focusing on painting, teaching art classes, and writing and illustrating children’s books. She has also co-authored a romance novel and a musical with her sister.
Sharon has been juried into more than 50 gallery shows including solo exhibitions, won numerous ribbons, and her art has been purchased by private collectors.
Sharon’s style can be described as painterly realism. Her unique images, cropping, and use of light and shadow are key elements of her paintings. Her colorful palette and design background help her envision her novel compositions. Working from her own original photographs, she paints in both acrylics and oils. Sharon strives to create work that captures the spirit of Florida. The creative process is what gets her going in the morning and sometimes keeps her up at night while thinking about her next idea.
Sharon and her husband Richard, a nature enthusiast, live in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. When time permits, he likes to fish in the backyard lagoon, while Sharon, phone in hand, is ready to capture the photo of his next giant bass. Of course, he throws it back.
Sharon has written, illustrated, and published two children's books under her company Toolywoo Publishing:
The Land of NO: A Story of Positivity
When a new family moves into town, they make a positive difference in the lives of the unhappy, closed-minded, intolerant people in The Land of NO. A humorous and inspiring story about the townspeople who are suspicious of this upbeat, kind, and colorful new family, but in the end, realize their negativity is positively wrong. The illustrations transform from black and white to color as the people embrace change. Great for 6-10-year-olds.
There's a Day Out There
Look outside your window. What do you see? A ladybug, a butterfly, a cloud, or the sea? Mother nature invites a young boy to learn about the wonderful world waiting outside his window. Great for 4-7-year-olds. Good for encouraging children to go outside and explore nature.
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