When I started this blog I thought I was going to use it as a way of motivating myself to sketch but I’ve found myself drawn back to oil painting.

I studied painting and printmaking in college and spent several years working as a studio artist doing expressionist style mixed media and, later, oils and watercolors. I never achieved enough financial success to support my family so I gradually abandoned it as my day job took more of my energy and attention.

Though I studied art in college and received a BFA, I never really learned how to paint realistically from life very well. Inspired by the many Drawing and Painting blogs on the web, I’ve been enjoying using this blog to re-teach myself to paint from life.

I hope you enjoy what you see here. Please feel free to let me know by leaving a comment.

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32 Responses to “About”

  1. 1 Annie
    March 16, 2007 at 9:09 pm

    I am enjoying what I can see, Bill, but something is preventing the top paintings from downloading completely. I pushed the refresh button several times but I am only getting the sky. The early ones downloaded completely. Glad to have you with us on The Sketching Forum.

  2. March 17, 2007 at 7:13 am

    This is good work…I saw your sketches on Sketch Forum, which led me here…By far the best stuff I’ve seen come through there…Keep going


  3. 3 lin
    April 17, 2007 at 10:06 am

    BEAUTIFUL style and work! Welcome to EDM — I look foward to seeing more of your wonderful work! I especially love the line and washes!

  4. May 30, 2007 at 9:19 pm

    OKay Bill – I have you listed on my blogroll, and look forward to following your thoughts and projects. i love the sort of drawing which shows strong personal sensibility in markmaking, and yours is chock full of this.

  5. 5 william
    June 30, 2007 at 4:24 am

    Hi Bill. I was going to put my website, well one of them! Then I figured if you had the time to look at it, you probably will email me. Anyway your art is exceptional.

  6. 6 Elaine Northcutt
    August 3, 2007 at 9:01 pm

    Hello Bill– your site appeared in one my “quick and dirty” searches for plein air watecolors costa rica.

    I have been more deeply appreciating watecolors that have hung on our family’s wall for decades and previously took for granted. They are a link to my childhood and to a time and place where my parents met after WWII.

    I haven’t got time tonite to read your Costa Rica journal, but I love the color washes and text–

    Your training and background are all areas of interest to me, but never had time to explore.

    I promise to come back here and read your journal with the care and curiosity that it deserves.

    thank you for posting your art work!


  7. August 4, 2007 at 10:21 pm

    Hi Bill, i have enjoyed your blog and your artwork very much. Your blog has been bookmarked on mine for easy access for a while now. Thanks for looking me up. 😀

  8. 8 Ellen
    August 30, 2007 at 9:43 am

    Hey, Bill. Found your site by accident looking for info about doing some scientific observation drawings with my 7th graders for a unit I’m doing with the science teacher. Love your work.

  9. 9 billsharp
    August 31, 2007 at 5:19 am

    Ellen, Thanks for visiting and taking the time to comment. It’s interesting to see how folks sometimes find their way here.

  10. September 6, 2007 at 3:12 pm

    Hi Bill, Your work is lovely, and don’t you find that putting it in a blog is motivating in a way that is different than working alone? Thanks for sharing, I’ll be back again.

  11. 11 billsharp
    September 10, 2007 at 7:03 am

    Teresa, Thank you for your nice comment. I agree that blogging has helped me keep at it.

  12. 12 benedictedelachanal
    December 19, 2007 at 6:47 am

    Hi Bill,
    I love your work, your style and use of colours.
    I found you by looking at the list of artist I looked at.
    Ujwala lead me to rue Manuel bis and from there to you.
    Just started a blog, hoping to find inspiration and an incentive to keep drawing,
    and I found much more than I was expecting, specially to be able to see the work of so many talented people.
    You are on my list of favorites,

  13. 13 Bill Sharp
    December 20, 2007 at 10:46 am

    Thanks for visiting and taking the time to comment, Benedicte. Good luck with your blog.

  14. November 12, 2008 at 8:53 am

    Very cool paintings and water color. I love your journal concept.


  15. 15 Kayleigh
    November 23, 2008 at 9:15 am

    hey, I really like your work and have therefore chosen to use your work in my project at college, however i can not find much background information on you, so i was wondering if you could tell me information such as your date of birth, birth place and nationality. I would be so grateful. Thanks.

  16. 16 Bill Sharp
    November 27, 2008 at 3:45 pm

    Thanks, Dave.

    Kayleigh, I appreciate your interest in my work. Could you please tell me more about your project and what you would be doing with the information?

  17. February 3, 2009 at 3:33 am

    I love this painting. I accidentally sent you a message thinking that it was a reply box. =)

  18. 18 Bill Sharp
    February 9, 2009 at 9:05 am

    Hi, Tim. Thanks for your message. I stopped by your site and blog and was very impressed with your terrific figure work.

  19. 19 R.Nelson
    April 8, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    You mention if you had more time you would explore more thoroughly, I think that might change your work, and that would be sad. I love the light airyness and great use of colour. Your paintings are pleasant and uncluttered,which many of us struggle endlessly to achieve. I would not change a thing. That’s your style, stay with it. R.Nelson

  20. 20 Vaughn Lippoldt
    July 23, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    I purchased a couple of oil paintings by a Bill Sharp in 1965-66 from Harold Waldrum, Leoti, KS. Could these paintings have been painted by you?

  21. 21 Bill Sharp
    July 23, 2009 at 3:58 pm


    Unlikely. I was 12 years old in 1965.

  22. 22 Ole
    August 9, 2009 at 2:04 am

    Hi Bill.
    I like your good work, thank you for blogging – please keep up your work on sketching.
    Sincerely yours

  23. May 29, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    Hi Bill, enjoying your thoughts, I hope I can get back, as I can not find a follow button,
    Cheers Sharon

  24. 24 Bill Sharp
    June 5, 2010 at 10:42 am

    Thank you Sharon. I hope you find your way back. I don’t believe there is a ‘follow’ option on WordPress.

  25. 25 Bill Sharp
    June 5, 2010 at 10:43 am

    Ole, thank you for the kind words. I will indeed keep up my work.

  26. 26 Sarah Peroutka
    August 21, 2010 at 6:32 am

    I’d love to receive your posts! Thank you.

  27. 27 Bill Sharp
    August 31, 2010 at 7:56 am

    Sarah, Thanks for your interest in receiving updates. I don’t know how to manually manage a list but I’ve added a link to the side bar that is supposed to subscribe you to email updates. I’d love to know if it works.

  28. 28 dave campbell
    November 19, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    you do some pretty nice work. i don’t know much about art, really, but i stumbled on your images googling for images of clouds for some logo ideas, and have enjoyed looking at many of your paintings for the last 5 or 10 minutes.

    not sure what motivates you, but if it includes uplifting someone who simply views the results of your mind, your hands, and some colored oil, then rest assured your job is done.

    it’s clear you’re the real deal, and i hope you are rewarded, in whatever form you desire, for making the effort to produce.

  29. 29 Bill Sharp
    December 8, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    Dave, Thanks so much for your very kind words. It’s always exciting to know when someone is move by my work. Thanks for taking the time to let me know.

    Best regards,


  30. June 20, 2011 at 10:12 am

    Hi Bill,I love your work, your style and use of colours.I found you by looking at the list of artist I looked at.Ujwala lead me to rue Manuel bis and from there to you.Just started a blog, hoping to find inspiration and an incentive to keep drawing, and I found much more than I was expecting, specially to be able to see the work of so many talented people.You are on my list of favorites,Bénédicte

  31. March 16, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    Give up the day job, you’re a painter. Making a living always has got in my way of painting too and there’s nothing more frustrating. If only people valued freshly made art as opposed to mass produced prints.


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