about my art and views on art

about me

about me

about me – my latest statement

I am a member of the RWA Artists Network

I am one of the nine selected artists for the Annex Collection August 2017

I had a piece selected, hung and sold in The Royal Academy Summer Show 2017

I have work in Private Collections in the UK, Singapore, America, Australia, Italy, Spain and France as well as a piece in The Millfield Collection

Artists Statement

Since graduating I have continually challenged my work and practice, and set expressive goals for myself; usually this is about conveying feeling to the viewer.  I use abstraction as a medium for this, and I am particularly interested in mark making; how this affects the viewer.

Abstract art can reach into my soul and move and absorb me like no other art form. However it is the British landscape that inspires me and has always been my muse. I do not want to depict it I want to express it; by conveying the feelings I have for it.

working my two loves in tandem; abstract painting and abstraction of the Somerset levels and moors. I strive to paint my feelings and not what I see! Since our lives are made up of millions of tiny moments, both positive and negative.  They appear and disappear triggered by a word a moment in time a colour a place a smile building layer upon layer.  This is how my paintings are built layering and glazing the paint influences the paintings final outcome; each layer building a picture of memory and experience.

endeavouring to express a feeling of place with colour and marks; and create work that has the ability to be felt by the viewer and not deliberated upon.

about me in my studio

at work in my studio in Langport

“I will not be an artist until I have created a piece of work that cannot be discussed, only felt.” Steve Abrams

stacked memories

stacked memories

in August 2014 I was featured artist in artsyshark please take a look

my background in brief

My name is Sharon Goodsall and I paint under the name of ‘ashar’
I retired and moved to Somerset in 2004 and found myself with little to do.
Consequently, I signed up for a Diploma in Art and Design in 2004. Walla I had found me again!




I now work in oils with other media such as oil pastel, graphite, metal leaf, crayon, acrylics, ink pencils and anything else that may fit the piece.  This can be on canvas or board or on plaster on board. 

education in fine art

BTEC Diploma Foundation Studies (Art and Design) with merit. Yeovil College 2007
Foundation Degree in Arts (FdA) Fine Art University of Plymouth – Somerset College 2011
BA (Hons) in Fine Art Plymouth University – 2012
I would now like to go on to do an MfA in Fine Art finances allowing

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  1. hello Ashar,

    not only do I really like your paintings but I also appreciate your story, how you became an artist at 60. Is this really true?
    And did you actually get college degrees ,diplomas(that sort of stuff) after 60?
    I honestly think your answer could determine my next 10 years. Will eventually tell you why.
    All the best.
    Catherine D.

    • Hello Catherine
      Thanks for your comment. I used to draw and paint (watercolours) all the time when I was a kid. Although going to Art College was muted about I never thought I would qualify. However life took over and I married had kids etc… I never picked up a paintbrush from the time my son was a baby until I was 60

      I will leave out the 60 and alone bit (which is quite true, yes) once I had found art again I found me! again. So yes I signed up for a diploma at Yeovil College and then went on to do a BA at Plymouth, Somerset College. In all I was six years a student and loved it. I would like to go on to do an MfA but not sure how I will afford it now; as the fees are so high.

      I can only tell you that if you want to! Then you must. You will never look back. I was concerned that I would be a bit of a fish out of water etc… But I found whatever the ages of the students we had something in common; and I have made many wonderful friends of all ages. In fact some of the young students have been my lifeline and have helped me through my loss, and still do.

      Go for it I promise you, you will love it – Yes I would love to hear your story – best Sharon

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