Educated at the College of New Rochelle, NY and the University of Connecticut School of Fine Arts, Sharon Booma has been exhibiting her work since 1986. Her complex abstract paintings have been awarded top prizes in juried exhibits and have been seen in invitationals nationwide.
Her work is a vigorous pursuit of a balance between the states of chaos and order that alternate and overlap in our lives, between, as she says, “the tangible materials that surround us and the ungraspable spiritualism that defines us as individually unique people.” She searches for this equilibrium through use of a broad spectrum of color and a multiplicity of approaches, controlling and directing the movement of amorphous elements by the stricter structural boundaries imposed by both the canvas and the painted forms themselves.
She creates balance in each piece by a meticulous synchronization of a variety of superficially disharmonious elements: smooth, broad color fields, linear imagery, textured surfaces, oil and mixed media on panel or paper and deeply layered paint. According to Booma, “The very gesture of adding materials to the surface is very defining and a powerful movement. I feel various added elements keep the color shapes and movements in check.” The effect is that of a carefully realized harmony sustained with razor-sharp precision.