Sharron Antholt mingles representational and abstract forms as she works to reconcile the physical and the spiritual in her work. Although primarily a painter, her works are often hybrids, existing somewhere between painting and drawing or at times, between painting and sculpture. Images often shift from figurative to landscape or interiors and from abstraction to representational. The surfaces are built up using paper, paint, wax or other materials in a layering process that contributes to the works' rumative quality. These paintings are solitary and contemplative. The very nature of her work alludes to themes of impermanence and the fleeting nature of life.
Antholt was born and raised in California and received her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. She spent many of her summers in Jenner and Cazadero on the coast where both of her granndmothers lived. Her work has been strongly influenced by this early connection to the California coast. When she was 21 she traveled to Pakistan to visit her father who was working on a water project in Lahore. Pakistan was like nothing Antholt had experienced. She enrolled in the Art Department at Lahore University and stayed for a year. At the end of that time, she chose to live in Nepal for five years and later, a year in Sri Lanka and still later, three years in India. These experiences have continued to be an important influence in her work.
Between sojourns in the Indian sub-continent Antholt lived for a number of years in the Washington DC area where she also exhibited her work. She moved to Bellingham, WA in 1996 to teach at Western Washington University and now lives on Lummi Island.
Antholt has been awarded residencies from Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony and grants from the Washington, DC Commission on the Arts and Artist Trust in Seattle. Exhibitions of her work include the Whatcom Museum, Bellingham, Washington; The Corcoran Gallery, National Museum for Women in the Arts, Washington Project for the Arts, Anton Gallery all in Washington, DC; Maryland Art Place, School 33. MD; McLean Project for the Arts, VA; Indian International Center, New Delhi, Chemould Gallery, Calcutta, India and Tretykov Gallery, Moscow, Russia.