When I begin to work there is an energy and excitement in the making of each new image. It is always an extremely physical process - whether drawing, painting or cutting a woodblock. I build and reduce, draw and redraw until I find that single image that creates the tension and movement I am looking for in my work. When it is resolved I feel that I have been a part of a process that has taken and given me energy.
From Sharon Puddester: A Part of the Landscape, A Part of the Energy exhibition publication, organized by the Art Gallery of Newfoundland and Labrador, 1995.
Sharon Puddester was born in St. John's, Newfoundland, in 1952. She received two bachelor degrees in arts and education from Memorial University of Newfoundland with a specialization in English and philosophy. Three years after graduation, Puddester was employed as a producer for educational television by Memorial University of Newfoundland. From 1975 to 1980, she produced pottery for The Salt Box, a craft store in downtown St. John's opened by Puddester and three other Newfoundland artists.
Puddester moved to British Columbia to attend the fine arts program at Capilano College for one year in 1981. In 1988, Puddester studied fine arts for one year at the University of Sydney, Australia, and then returned to Newfoundland, working as an art teacher for Memorial University Visual and Performing Arts in St. John's and for the Memorial University Art Gallery. For several years she was the director of St. Michael's Printshop.
Puddester's paintings and woodcuts from the exhibition A Part of the Landscape, A Part of the Energy, mounted by the Art Gallery of Newfoundland and Labrador in 1995, are based on her exploration of the connections - physical, emotional, and spiritual - that individuals have with the landscape.
Puddester has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions that have toured nationally and internationally and was an artist in residence in Soulignonne, France in 1994 as well as a guest artist in New Brunswick and PEI in 1995.
In addition to being part of the Art Gallery of Newfoundland and Labrador's Permanent Collection, Puddester's artwork is included in private and public collections including The Canada Council Art Bank, St. John's Municipal Council and the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador.