Sculpture at Kingham Lodge during Oxfordshire Artweeks 21st-30th May 2016

Sharon Rich

Sharon Rich

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Sharon is a creative stone sculptor based in Oxfordshire.   

Raised in Cornwall on the edge of Bodmin Moor, Sharon has enjoyed art and creativity since as far back as she can remember.  It wasn’t until her children were older that she was able to pursue her dream of being an artist.  Since she was introduced to stone carving in 2007, she knew that was what she wanted to do.

Working mainly in limestone, alabaster and various types of soap-stone, she hand-carves each piece using a mallet and chisels.  She selects most of her stone from local quarries and suppliers both locally and from Cornwall. 

Sharon’s work is diverse, reflecting her love of animals, nature and the countryside along with a pinch of myth and magic too.  The essence of Celtic Cornwall is strongly evident in much of her work.  The majestic granite cairns sculpted by nature on Bodmin Moor and it’s bleak remoteness are an inspiration as much as the enchanting wooded valleys with their waterways carving through the ancient Cornish rock down to the sea. Now in her adult years she lives and works near Fernham in Oxfordshire in the direct gaze of the famous Uffington White Horse and its Celtic connections.  Here she enjoys the challenge of portraying all of this in stone carving with the absorbing and therapeutic effect it has on the mind.  

Sharon is gradually building recognition in her local area and continues to develop as a sculptor. Currently she is a member of Oxfordshire Artweeks, Swindon Open Studios and the Oxford Sculptor Group and will be taking part in sculpture exhibitions throughout Oxfordshire in 2016.