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Sunday Salon: Sitting Down with Sharon Crute

Every Sharon Crute painting reveals the depth of her passion for the horses that inspire her art. These are not "pretty little paintings": Sharon's art explodes with the thunder of hooves, the excitement of racing toward the finish line. then shift to capture a quite, sun-drenched moment behind the barn.  Technically, Crute excels at her craft, and I was thrilled when she agreed to "sit down" with me as the first participant in the Sunday Salon.

I asked Sharon to tell me about  what inspired her.  This is what she had to say.

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"All I ever wanted to do was ride horses. I was born with this strange urge to gallop constantly. I galloped to school, galloped my chores and galloped incessantly around the yard. Discouragement from family kept me from achieving Olympic potential – where I was destined. My father wanted me to pursue a career in the arts. He cut off the financial support and I reluctantly acquiesced. I attended a technical high school studying graphic arts and later attained a BFA in painting from a New England art school. I spent the next twenty-five years on the horse racing circuit with my trainer husband who would search out spaces for me to paint such as a spare tack room. Involved in all aspects of racing from hotwalker to racing official, I’d have to say my paintings are “straight from the trenches”. 

I embody the passion of the equine subject but adamantly reject sentimentality. Many of my peers are the “4-F” painters: Foals Frolicking in Field of Flowers. I abandoned the traditional, realistic style (and what I suspect is mostly copying photos) and intensively studied the masters to search out how they achieved such emotional resonance and power in their equine subjects sans sappiness. When I learned to take these lessons forward and integrate them into my contemporary milieu, I knew I’d found my artistic bliss. 

Equine art is considered genre by the art world. I can’t simply paint horses over and over on a canvas. So I ask: how can I take this “genre” and integrate it into the mainstream? How can I portray this magnificent and dangerous animal in a provocative, innovative and compelling way? This is my time of experimentation, pushing envelopes and constantly inviting a challenge - a fresh dialog with the viewer."

Sharon added that I had asked
"Great questions that made me THINK...Thanks for the challenge!"

I would like to thank you, Sharon, for starting the dialog at the first Sunday Salon. 

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Sharon can be contacted at the following:

Sharon Crute 

2147 NE 79th Place, Ocala, FL 34479 

studio: 352-671-7469 

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