Carmen Sharpe is a New Mexico artist inspired by nature and color, and seeks to transcribe the luster of the landscape with oils on canvas. She doesn’t stop there — printmaking, murals, drawing, nudes, portraits, and stained glass are just a sampling of the other art forms that make up her expansive portfolio.
What holds all of her work together is a love of texture that was first evoked as a child. Growing up in Hazen, Arkansas, Carmen observed the landscape of this small farming community: wind blown clouds and rice fields projecting shadows over the land. “I want to help people FEEL the differences in the texture of LIFE,” Carmen says, and her work clearly shows that! Her paintings of landscapes are first sculpted with modeling paste and then painted with rich color.
Carmen graduated from Memphis College of Art in Memphis, Tennessee. Later, she moved to New Mexico, feeling that this state had brought her home. “The sunsets brought me here, but soon I began to love the mountains and mesas here. The vast skies give me breath; the mountains and mesas give me a place to stand. Maybe, you can find your “self”, too, in my work, as you feel and touch the textures I have made for you.”
This award-winning artist is also available to create one-of-a-kind murals in your home or a portrait of your family. Both are indeed special and unique in an age of mass-production and technology, and will certainly be something that your family will cherish for generations!
Carmen Evans Sharpe
Selected Juried & Group Exhibitions
• Landscape and Mural Painting Commissions, 2004–current.
• Freelance Commissioned Portrait Painting, 2004–current.
• 5,000 Flowers Project Exhibition, Harwood Art Center, Albuquerque, NM, 2002.
• Annual Old San Ysidro Church Exhibition, Corrales, NM, 1999.
• First Come, First Served, Harwood Arts Center, Albuquerque, NM, 1997.
• MGAL/Lambuth University Juried Exhibition, Lambuth University, Jackson, TN, 1997.
• Artists’ Link Group Exhibition, Oak Ridge (TN) Museum of Art, 1996.
• Mini–Minumental, Memphis College of Art, 1995.
• An Exhibition, Metalworks, Memphis. 1995.
• The Nude: A Celebration of the Human Form, Doggrell Gallery, Memphis, 1993.
• I Can’t Believe It’s Colored Pencil! Goldsmith Civic Garden Center, Memphis, 1993.
• Artists’ Link Group Show, Theatre Memphis, 1993.
Selected Honors & Awards
• 20th Annual Juried Exhibition, Askew Nixon Ferguson, Memphis, 1997: Honorable Mention.
• Independence Day Fair, sponsored by First Tennessee Bank, Memphis. 1994: Best of Show.
• Spring Show, Memphis/Germantown Art League, 1993: People's Choice.
• Southern Exposure, City of Germantown, TN. 1991: Purchase award.
• Star Artists Exhibit, Theatre Memphis, 1990: Best of Show.
• Coalition for the Visual Arts Exhibit, Memphis,1989: First Place.
• Spring Show, Memphis/Germantown Art League, 1987: First Place.
• Jezebel Gallery, Madrid, NM 2010-current
• High Desert Gallery, Albuquerque, NM, 2006–current
• Eleanor Oldham Gallery, Albuquerque, 2000–2004
• Bell Gallery, Memphis, TN, 1994–95
Education & Honors
• BFA, 1988, Printmaking/Painting, Memphis College of Art
• Benjamin Goodman Scholarship, 1988, 1987; Shainberg Scholarship, 1987;
• Francis Gassner Memorial Scholarship, 1986
• Memphis State University, 1962–63. Major: Biology