Artist Profile - Sharon Godwin www.sgodwinstudio.co.uk
Artist: Sharon Godwin

Drawings are hand drawn on smooth paper sketchbooks and sketchpads using mechanical pencils for light sketching first and then I use black fineliner ink pens which are waterproof and fade proof. I prefer using these tools because they are so versatile, allowing me to create simple to complex line art, dotwork and silhouette drawings. I love the smooth flow of the ink when it is applied to paper, I love drawing with black ink because it stands out well on a white background it is bold and classic.

My name is Sharon Godwin, I am a nature and wildlife inspired artist from Kent England, specialising in creating pen and ink drawings. My love for drawing is apparent since a young age and has been ever since and I became a full time artist in 2013. Ideas usually come easily to me, even more so when out somewhere within the Kent countryside with a fresh breeze on ones face helps clear the mind, allowing my imagination to run wild with new ideas and through sketching and research those imaginative ideas begin to take shape and develop further. Long walks outdoors is ideal for my health and wellbeing. Nature is my main source of inspiration absorbing it's beauty, the shapes, detail and textures. Being surrounded by nature and the wildlife I am fascinated by all living things. I take photographs of anything I find of interest and I'm also inspired by the decorative arts of art nouveau, surface patterns and ornamental design, basically anything that looks beautiful and rich in detail. I create unique drawings that are whimsical and fantasy fuelled. When it comes to art I am open minded and love the freedom of expression, my style of drawing can be time consuming depending on the complexity of a design and especially when creating dotwork (stippling) but it is also very therapeutic and I enjoy it immensely.

I have a Degree in Fashion and Textiles and a National Diploma in Art and Design. Although I enjoyed my time within the classroom I much prefer to work alone, spending my time and energy in a peaceful open space where my thoughts, feelings and creative ideas can flow more freely away from all distractions which is ideal for me. Sometimes I would have music on low in the background or a film playing, but most times I like only to hear the sound of the birds singing sweet song and the wind through the trees.