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Great Lakes Plein Air Painter Sharon Griffes Tarr relates that her studies at Chicago’s American Academy of Art had a profound effect on her future as an artist. Enthusiastically she explored the city’s landscapes and studied the Masters at the Art Institute of Chicago. Having studied ballet for a number of years in Detroit, she became a member of Chicago’s Allegro Ballet Company during this period and divided her time between art classes and dancing, believing her sensitivity to line and transitional movement in painting is a direct result of her ballet training.
Largely self-taught in fine art following art training at the American Academy in the early 1960′s she periodically studied with other artists such as Matt Smith, Albert Handel, Cheng Kee Chee, Carolyn Anderson and was mentored by Joyce Pike. In recent years, her work has been richly influenced by the great contemporary English masters, Royal Academician’s Fred Cuming and David Curtis and American Master’s, Matt Smith, and M. W. “Skip” Whitcomb. Other influences include James Reynolds, John Singer Sargent, Sorolla, and Zorn.
Griffes Tarr believes fully in the importance of painting outdoors directly from nature as well as in the studio. This dual focus enables an artist to fully embrace the elements of design and concept with a thorough knowledge of natural light effects and atmospheric drama.
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