Sharon Smith is a descendant of the Wiradjuri tribe of western New South Wales. An emerging artist, Sharon’s paintings reflect her love of the natural world. Through her depictions of landscapes, trees and animals, Sharon explores her own personal connection with, and her people’s age-old relationship to the earth. Sharon’s paintings thematically express her heritage and culture and work as an affirmation of her identity. Sharon has been a Boomalli member since 2010.
Sharon was born in Erskineville, Sydney in 1957, the fourth of Eleanor and Matthew James Smith’s five children. As a child, Sharon was always very close to her extended Indigenous family. Sharon’s grandparents lived with her and her father in their family house in Erskineville, which was usually full of relatives.
Sharon found herself in need of a hobby and first took up art in 2009, attending classes at Eora TAFE College. As soon as she picked up a brush, she felt that everything had fallen into place. Art was not just a hobby – it was a means of uncovering her personal and cultural identity.
Along with her exhibitions at Eora, Sharon began exhibiting with Boomalli in 2010 in the “Amnesty Impressions” exhibition. She became a member of the Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Cooperative and a regular volunteer. In 2012 she exhibited in “The Graduates”, at The Limelight Gallery NSW and Kerrie Lowes Gallery NSW. Sharon continues to exhibit regularly at Boomalli. Sharon was a finalist in the Parliament House Art Awards 2014 and a finalist in the Fishers Ghost Awards 2015.
As well as being a means of connecting with the wider society, Sharon’s art has also played a major role in her personal journey towards gaining understanding and insight into where she comes from.