Sharon Lacey
Most of my works are oil on linen. My interests include the human figure, the painting process, and art historical precedent. I use traditional techniques in my work with an interest in cultural continuity. I prefer depicting common human actions rather than those specific to a particular time or place, and artistic methods from earlier periods, which have survived to the present day, suit this kind of imagery.

My recent series of paintings uses dense figure groups engaged in some sort of vaguely familiar narrative. This use of multi-figured compositions developed from my study of manuscript paintings and relations between text and image in medieval books.

I do not work from external sources or preliminary sketches. Rather, the mental and physical process of painting drives the work. I start with a particular formal concern, and the imagery develops through the painting process itself. Each layer of paint contributes to the subsequent layer until the final image emerges.