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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

14'x8' designed and painted by Sharon Smithem

This mural has a long story........    The committee at the Grant Township Hall consisted of 4 men with strong opinions on what to place on this mural.
They gave me a long list of things they would like to incorporate .  Started with the old  Rothbury Township Hall. The Claybanks Church. the Constitution of America, the pledge of allegiance to the flag, a John Deere tractor, a International tractor, the surrounding farmlands, the American flag and a good ol boy driving the tractor. Oh Boy! that was alot to try to design into a mural painting but I came up with an awesome design and proposal and they accepted it. This painting took 6 week to finish working on it daily. It is very intricate with the stalks of wheat to the detail in the tractor, the constitution handwriting and the boy riding the tractor. If you look closely you will see where the International has a place on the mural. It was a fun project and of course I put my whole heart and skill into it.
The location is Grant Township Hall  7140 S. Oceana Dr, Rothbury Mi. I am not sure of the hours of operation, maybe you can catch them open to get a view.
Its stunning!
   Year 2000      12'x8' Mural - Located in the lobby of the MDOT on Front Street
40 ft. x 4ft. located in school hallway over trophy cases

Montague Wildcat Murals


It has been a few years......

It's been a few years since I posted on this blog- 

4 years to be exact. 

I will be posting past artwork.

 Then on to the new!

2009 Mural painting- Utopian Marketplace, Montague Mi.
no longer open

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Glass Mosaic Mural

Glass Mosaic Mural - Located at the Book Nook and Java Shop in Montague Michigan
Intricate glass mosaic designed and created piece by piece all custom glass work.
Size is approx. 6x8.. the design trails off into painted white steam coming out of the coffee cup and gold glass stars on the purple wall.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

 The Book Nook & Java Shop -

Best Cellars Wine Bar

  Located in Montague Michigan -

 are the proud owners of 

my latest Glass Mosaic

This mosaic was inspired by the new look and renovation 
including a wine bar and a stage. My design I dreamed up this winter when discussing the plans with the Interior Designer-
Mary Payne of Mary Payne Interiors, Montague Michigan
The glass was carefully selected to give it the full beauty it deserves. The sky was inspired by Van Gogh's Starry Night 
"I've always wanted to create that painting in glass"
The mosaic took many many hours to create with hundreds of tiny pieces of glass. Every single one carefully cut by hand
The mosaic was built in my studio on mosaic mesh then transported in pieces to the site installed then grouted to finish it off.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

The beginnings of a great mosaic mural to be a permanent collection in the Book Nook and Java Shop
in Montague Michigan

Thursday, November 10, 2011


I been painting in oils for years and has now taken up painting mans best friend . She paints in her close up larger then life style and reveals the personality and charm of your dog.      
Call for an appointment to have Sharon take a photo of your dog or cat and she will create you a master piece for years to come.   213 557-2526     size 14x16

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

The Meaning of Embrace

“ Embrace” is a personal reflection of the myriad of distractions which take precedence over a woman’s life. The yearning for harmony, coupled with a woman’s compassionate nature often lead us to neglect our needs as we tend to the needs of others. This personal neglect comes at a cost, leaving us alone and battered by our kindness. Women’s innate capacity to create and sustain life predisposes us to protect and nurture others. “Embrace” reminds us to nurture our bodies our creativity and our souls. This act of replenishing enhances our loving caring nature.
        My life’s journey compelled me to create Embrace as a reminder to embrace my own soul. For too long, I neglected to shower equal measures of attention on myself leaving my body exhausted, my spirit depleted, and my mind in a state of confusion. Embrace reminds me that loving myself is an unselfish act which creates balance and sustains and restores my soul. Women of all cultures and status understand the pain and brutality life imposes on our gentle spirit. Our world will flourish when it embraces all woman and when we also learn to embrace ourselves.