If you go
When: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. today
Where: Downtown galleries
Artist Sharon Harms' recent work allows all of her worlds to collide.
She's an avid gardener, photographer, animal lover and mom. All subjects make their way into her vivid watercolors, the highlighted exhibit at The Art Emporium during tonight's downtown ArtWalk.
Trained as an illustrator, Harms for many years designed and made stained glass until health issues interfered. She still designs glass but contracts the production work.
Returning to watercolor - something she first studied as a student at Chicago's American Academy of Art - has been a joy.
Harms first studied watercolor with an art academy instructor named Irving Shapiro who she said was masterful, particularly in a very wet watercolor technique.
"Before I was even in his class, if I heard he was teaching a workshop, I would cut class so I could go to his," she said.
Harms said her style is more illustrative and her technique drier than her former instructor's. She loves layering colors and being able to get more detail than she can with glass.