August brings an exciting collection of black and white drawings and color paintings by artist Sharon McFadden. Originally from middle Tennessee, she has lived in eight different states and over twenty-five cities, but the Oak Ridge area is now her home.
In 2007, Ms. McFadden began to create drawings using black ink on white paper, which she named ALABIS Art, an acronym for “A Little Abstract Black Ink Silhouettes. She began pencil sketching for several months, and then decided to teach herself to draw black and white silhouettes.
Ms. McFadden explains that she enjoys the challenge of portraying beauty, fragility and strength with the crisp contrast between black and white. Whether observing or envisioning everyday objects as silhouettes or basic black and white renderings, the process has helped her to gain a new perspective on life and its pure simplicity.
A few years ago, she decided to experiment with painting color images and now often adds gold, silver, or red ink to her drawings.
Ms. McFadden displays and sells her art at local craft festivals and the Oak Ridge Winter Farmer’s Market. Her current adventure is creating black and white note cards.
Please visit the Oak Ridge Public Library during the month of August to view the wonderful black and white drawings on display.