• Meghan Pecaut

Local Artist: Sharon Furrate Bailey

Sharon Furrate Bailey is a Baton Rouge based artist who creates fine arts and gifts. You can find her pieces and prints in various local stores like Mosaic Garden, Paperwhite Stationery and The Foyer. You can also find Sharon painting and teaching art lessons in her studio on Woodland Drive.

Sharon always knew she wanted to paint, and decided to begin taking lessons in 2007 at The Funky Palette (which is now The Market at Circa 1857). She was currently working full time for The Big Buddy Program, but managed to fit her art lessons in on Wednesdays during her lunch breaks. From then on out, she started to paint every night in her kitchen before her studio was built.

Sharon's artwork consists of abstract paintings, mixed media art and other specific themes based on her client's desires. She has also created artwork featuring crawfish, ballerinas, church, crosses and so much more.

When initially selling her work, she decided to put her designs on items that everyone needs in their kitchen: a pot holder! She first offered her pot holders at local stores and 318 Art and Garden in Shreveport. These items instantly became a hit, and has allowed her start placing her designs on stationery (which can be purchased at Paperwhite Stationery) and accepting commissions.

Doing commission work for clients has allowed Sharon to grow creatively. A few years back, Sharon was not so sure that commission work would be enjoyable for her. After getting over the fear of creating custom pieces, she has been able to enjoy the process a lot more! Sharon loves that people trust her and her artistic abilities to help them achieve their decorative goals.

Sharon emphasizes that a colorful piece can fit so well in a neutral room. As you can see here, this piece adds the right amount of POP the room and creates a more enjoyable atmosphere.

Her fondest memory so far as an artist was when her son, Cameron, called her one day to see if she had read the paper yet. Sharon's piece, the "Swamp Pop Ballet," was in the Baton Rouge Morning Advocate in 2008. The Advocate used this piece to promote White Light Night, an annual arts festival in Mid City Baton Rouge. Chef Don Bergeron, from Bergeron's Market, ended up being the lucky owner of the original "Swamp Pop Ballet," which features dancing crawfish. This piece has ended up being such a hit that Sharon has created over 30 more crawfish paintings and often sells prints these designs as well!

Sharon is inspired by so many artists around her, such as: Tony Mose, Hannah Lane Romero, Maria Boudreaux, Cheryl Palmer, Keith Morris and so many others.

Sharon cites that her largest inspiration is her father, who also has painted for a long time. Painting is a huge passion of her father's. However, her grandfather advised her father to study architecture at LSU instead of art due to the larger range of opportunities. Today, Sharon and her father paint together in her studio on Woodland Drive--which her father, Lewis Brown, designed and built for her.

In 2021, Sharon plans to launch a website where she can sell original pieces, potholders, and prints.

Until she launches her website, you can connect with Sharon on social media and via email:

- Instagram: @SharonFBaileyArtist

- Facebook: Sharon Furrate Bailey

- Email: sharonfur@yahoo.com

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