Anne Sharlene McLearon is a Canadian artist living in London, Ontario. She studied art in Canada in the 70's & 80's at the Ottawa School of Art, Algonquin College, Carleton University and the National Gallery of Canada. International studies include Paris American Academy in Paris, France, Studio Giambo in Florence, Italy and the Chautauqua Institute in the U.S.A. Studies include art history, life drawing and painting, drawing, watercolor, oil & acrylic painting, colour theory, portraiture, Tibetan & Renaissance painting, sumi-e painting, sculpture, engraving, wood carving, constructivism, batik, copper enamelling, photography and visual arts business. A Docent at the National Gallery of Canada in the early 80's, Sharlene specialized in fine art appreciation for children and conducted school tours in the National Gallery.
Sharlene has participated in group art shows in Saudi Arabia, Canada, Germany and Italy. As a resident of Saudi Arabia from 1983 until 2000 Sharlene had many solo exhibitions in cities across that country. The National Museum for Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. recognized Sharlene's artistic accomplishments in 1993 and opened a file for her work in their Archives. UNICEF selected her painting "Sunflowers" for a correspondence card and marketed it in 1997 in Europe and Asia. Sharlene's work can be found in private & corporate collections in more than 30 countries.
She has taught art and illustrated for magazines and books. See "Parallel Careers" for her work in print and television journalism, poetry, public speaking, nursing and philanthropic work. She is a Reiki Master/Teacher, an Integrated Energy Therapy® Master-Instructor, a Blue Matrix Energetics Instructor and a dowser. She works from her home studio in London, Ontario & exhibits about sixty paintings & drawings in her home at any one time.
Sharlene has travelled widely which has greatly influenced her art.
Since 2007 she has exhibited with Studio Giambo in several Italian cities and for the past few years, she has participated in the annual group Artist Book exhibition in the Tuscany region of Italy, curated by the director of Studio Giambo, Silvia Fossati, exhibiting in Florence, Pisa, Pontremoli, and other cities. Sharlene is concentrating on a series of work themed “Music of the Spheres”.
Sharlene's extensive travel allowed her to develop many different styles of work.
She has donated works to the Dammam Archeology Museum, United Way, Museum London, Canadian Foundation for Women's Health, Elizabeth Fry Societies of Canada, Scleroderma Society of Ontario and Palestine Museum US.