Art Inspiration: Sharon Lynn Campbell
I admire a lot of artists, but there are a select few whose artistry and skill level I truly aspire to. One of my true artist crushes is an equine portrait artist named Sharon Lynn Campbell who has created official artwork for some of the nation’s biggest horse shows, including Capital Challenge and the Washington International Horse Show. She has captured some of the sport’s greats, including Beezie Madden, Harrie Smolders, and Amanda Steege, just to name a few.
Sharon’s precision and detail is something I simply sit in awe of every time I see her work. No detail is missed, the horse is always captured so flawlessly it’s as if it’s jumping off the page, and the colors and textures are smooth yet bold enough to really stand out as stunning artwork, not a photograph. In her bio on her website, she says, “I feel that creating portraits of the horses comes easy to me because of growing up around them. Their conformation and expressions are second nature to me. Horses were my way of life.”
Even though my skill isn’t nearly as refined as hers, since we share a similar background and a passion for both horses and art, I strive to reach her level someday. I have goals to create artwork for some of the nation’s biggest competitions and be well-known among the horse show circuit for the artwork I create. I’m always so excited to see the new pieces Sharon unveils when the season’s biggest shows roll around, and I usually study them in depth to think about each brushstroke it took to bring that piece to life.
I’m hoping to get the chance to meet her and see her work in person during this year’s indoor show season. I’d love to hear more about how she developed such amazing painterly skills and what advice she may have for someone like me trying to make it in the equine art world. Until that day I’ll just keep admiring every painting she creates!
To read more about her and see more examples of her amazing work, visit SharonCampbell.com.