Sharon Carlisle



Sharon was born in Tarentum, Pennsylvania in 1954. A lifelong interest in art and creating led me to attend college as an art major, graduating in 1989 from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a bachelor degree, summa cum laude, and with distinction in my major. During her time as a student at UCSB she was introduced to installation art. She quickly took to the creation of environments as a way to address my curiosity about the world and give it form through creative expression.

Artist Statement

My work is based in ecology, social issues and simple material exploration.  It is incubated within many fields of study including: science; sociology; history; art history; astronomy and world cultures – especially various Japanese art forms.   

I create installations both large and small – indoors and out.  I also create components that can stand alone – painting & sculpture.

I have exhibited in shop windows, galleries, schools, a city park, friend’s gardens, where ever and whenever possible, in order to connect with people where they are.  My installations may include painting, drawing, found objects, sculpture, light, sound, surfacing, movement, smell; visitor interaction components – whatever is needed to best express and communicate with the visitor. I favor materials both precious and mundane.

I consider myself a visual storyteller and strive to engage as many of our five senses as possible.  My goal as an artist is to touch visitors on levels that are visceral, emotional, spiritual and cerebral.  I work to enter into an interaction with the viewer that is felt as well as seen, heard, smelled…

I have lived and worked in Loveland, Colorado since graduating UCSB in 1989.