John Sharman (Born 1939) lived and was active in Australia. As most practicing artists his interest in illustrative representation began in his childhood and continued through to young adulthood. Sharman pursued painting and drawing after hours and slowly developed his abilities and perceptions. In 1977 while living in the Shoalhaven area, an opportunity saw Sharman produce a series of drawings of historical homes for the annual calendar of Shoalhaven Historical Society. He did this over a five year period. This helped raise Sharman’s profile in the area and led to an association with an artist who introduced him to plein air painting using a dark-wash technique. In his formative years one of his most unusual projects was the production of more than 1000 portraits of world and local identities drawn from the television screen during current affairs programs and interviews, each completed in a matter of minutes.
In 1980, he decided to work as a professional artist on full time basis. This was after being exposed to the technique called “dark-wash”, and after achieving significant success with his artwork. In his paintings, Sharman strives to make every element to be an equally important part of the finished work. He paints in a realist manner on the edge of impressionism. He became part of a group of artists that included Casey and Ritchie Sealy, Bob Simpson, Doug, Robert Wilson, Allan Fizzell and Warwick Fuller, and held fond memories of many painting adventures with these artists. Sharman’s art continue to cause a lot of excitement among art collectors.