Older Paintings

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Bird Rock oil

Bird Rock – 1997 (off the Oregon Coast) 4″ x 6″ oil on board

Clair and Willie - oil

Clair and Willie -1997 (my daughter and her dog) 24″ x 31″ oil on canvas

Les Em (and Clair) - oil

This is one of my oldest daughter and my wife while she was pregnant with our second child 1987 11″ x 12″ oil on canvas

Bridge -oil

Steele Bridge 1997 11″ x 17″ oil on board

Haystack Rock oil on panel 4″ x 8″

Mt St Helens oil on panel 5″ x 8″

Freight Cars by the Wilamette oil on panel 12″ x 16″

Fremont Bridge oil on canvas 12″ x 16″

25 thoughts on “Older Paintings”

  1. I’m glad you enjoyed the work. The only tips I have for learning go paint are, if you’re already experienced in other media, I would advise joining a local painting class. If you’re new to art making, I would recommend getting comfortable drawing first.

    Good luck,



  2. gorgeous paintings! I love them all. Alright…my favorite is your daughter with dog. I am a sucker for a painting with a dog in it. Beautiful work. I am glad you have returned to painting.



  3. Cathal, Thanks so much for letting my know you stopped by. I will definitely check out your site.


  4. Hello Bill, I really enjoyed looking at your work, in particular the wonderfully fluid oil sketches, ‘Omey Cottage’ and ‘Briar Patch Poles’ are particularly successful and reminded me very much of John Constable’s ‘plein air’ studies. Your advice about getting ‘comfortable with drawing’ before focusing on painting is something I strongly agree with as, properly approached it encourages ‘seeing’ as opposed to just ‘looking’; the subject must be interpreted, not slavishly copied, something that your oil studies in particular exemplify and do so refreshingly well.
    If you want a photograph, take one, don’t try to paint one!
    Thanks, Robert.


  5. Robert, I’m very flattered to be mentioned in the same paragraph as John Constable. I like those early sketches and sometimes I think I painted better back then than I do now since I was thinking less and perhaps more spontaneous. I appreciate your comments.


  6. hi i really love your paintings,im a 4th year student and im beginning paint…..pls give me some tips on how to paint….


  7. Dear Bill Sharp,

    Your paintings are really awesome. All are wonderful but the “Em 1997” is too good, Mindblowing.

    Even i paint in acrylic colours but have not touched oil colours. Would love to gain some valuable tips from you.



  8. Anup, Thank you for your comment. I’m happy that you like my work. I’m afraid the only tip I can give you is to get out your paint box and paint a lot.


  9. Very nice work!

    Greetings from Denmark,

    (i’ve been into photography, but just a few days ago I painted my first oil-painting with the help of a youtube tutorial and the result has taken me by surprise. A whole new world is opening in front of my eyes… just to explain how I ended up on your blog)


  10. I absolutely adore your work. I’m only a university student, and it inspired me in more ways than one. I just wanted you to know how much I liked it. Especially your still life work. Thank you!


  11. I like your paintings, especially Em 1997 – such romantic! It was paint from photo? isn`t it? It is the Question for me – paint from photo, to do or do not ^))


  12. Hello Dina. Thanks for visiting. The painting Em -1997 was painted from a photo, which I do occasionally. I think it’s important, however, to work as much as possible from life as well.


  13. enjoyed looking at your paintings of construction , impressed by your use of light and movement of paint.


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