124 NW 9th, Portland, Oregon 97209

About the Artist

Bill Sharp is a painter and printmaker who lives and works in Oregon.

Bill took time away from painting to care for a sick relative and to spend time working as a hospice volunteer. When he returned to painting full time, the experience of caring for and helping people  through the end of their lives had a profound effect on Bill’s experience of the world. The sense that life had once made dissolved. Painting became an exploration into seeing what it is about being alive that is so difficult to let go of. He looks at things now without the necessity of making sense of them, and tries to paint through the subject to what it is that drew him to it, what made him want to attach to it and thereby to life.

Bill Sharp studied painting and printmaking at the University of Delaware and the Maryland Institute College of Art.