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Sharon Hourigan B. 1957
Sharon Hourigan
B. 1957
Queen of Wands
Oil on panel
17 x 14 inches
Sharon Hourigan
Rehs Contemporary Galleries, Inc., New York City
The Queen of Wands is one of 78 cards of the Tarot deck, which is a divination tool used as early as the 1500’s. Each card is believed to be revelatory and is representative of specific individual characteristics, events or influences surrounding our daily lives.
The following is the narrative for my painting “Queen of Wands”.
A crowned queen sits on her throne. She holds a walking stick, or wand, in her left hand and a large bouquet of lush greenery in her right hand. A beaded tapestry adorns her.
The Queen of Wands looks directly at her viewer indicating self-assurance and undistracted calm. The wand she holds represents creativity, strength and ambition. Her bouquet reinforces the feminine power of fertility and reproduction, as does the newly emerging plant from the rocky edifice. This tiny plant also embodies success in the face of hardship.
Her crown is brilliantly illuminated in the sun and serves as the masculine element of fire indicating her strong creative potential as well as a willingness to be challenged. The throne on which she sits is one of solid rock proclaiming her strength of will as well as her stubbornness, offering the potential for both a profound support as well as a barrier to life’s joy and pleasures.
I chose the Queen of Wands as my subject for this exhibition because there is no rigid gender specific definition for her. While her physical attributes are female, the Queen of Wands is defined by male dominant traits and characteristics as well as those traits specific to the female gender. My “Queen of Wands” embodies both “Sexes”.

Sharon Hourigan recalls that, as a child, she loved to draw, paint and color and throughout her adolescence, loved visiting galleries and museums.   Although Sharon did not receive fine art instruction or training during her formal education, her Bachelors degree in Marketing and her subsequent role as Mom to her two children eventually lead her to an artist apprenticeship.

While Sharon’s children were pursuing an education in the performing arts Sharon was recruited as Chairperson for the local arts council in her county.  Inspired by local artists as well as the passion exhibited by her children for their craft, Sharon was motivated to find a local artist willing to offer her instruction in Representational Art.  Her inquiries lead her to an introduction to Anthony Waichulis, internationally renowned Trompe L’oeil painter.  Sharon was accepted into The Waichulis Studio apprenticeship program in 2009 and later continued her studies with the Ani Art Academies Waichulis in Bear Creek, Pennsylvania, where essential fundamentals of draftsmanship, anatomy of form, elements of perception, and various methods of Representational painting are taught.

Sharon’s drawings have received numerous awards and recognition including Finalist in the Southwest Artist Magazine’s 20 Over 30 International Competion in 2010, Finalist in the Art Renewal Center International Salon Competion for 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013, Finalist in the American Women Artists Online Exhibit 2013, and Finalist in the Art Kudos Online International Competition 2013.

Sharon has participated in several gallery exhibits which include the Capturing Realism Biannual Exhibits 2009, 2011, 2013, Pauly Friedman Art Gallery, Misericordia University in Dallas, Pennsylvania, Mainstreet Galleries “New Season-New Works”, Kingston, Pennsylvania and The Rehs Contemporary Galleries, Inc “The Big Gamble”, New York, New York, 2013.

A collection of her work can be found at Mainstreet Galleries, Kingston, Pennsylvania and in private collections.



Kings College, Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

The Waichulis Studio, Mountain Top, Pennsylvania

Ani Art Academy Waichulis, Bear Creek, Pennsylvania



2014 American Still Lifes, R. W. Norton Museum, Shreveport, Louisiana

2014 Heroes Villains Myths & Legends, Rehs Contemporary Galleries, New York, NY

2013 Capturing Realism, Pauly Friedman Gallery, Dallas, Pennsylvania

2013 Art Kudos 2013 International Online Exhibit

2013 The Big Gamble, Rehs Contemporary Galleries, Inc. , New York, New York

2013 American Women Artist 2013 Online Exhibit

2012 F. M. Kirby Center, Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

2012 New Season-New Works, Mainstreet Galleries, Kingston, Pennsylvania

2011 Capturing Realism, Pauly Friedman Gallery, Dallas, Pennsylvania

2011 Mainstreet Galleries, Kingston, Pennsylvania

2009 Capturing Realism, Pauly Friedman Gallery, Dallas, Pennsylvania



Art Renewal Center International Salon Competition Finalist 2014

Art Renewal Center International Salon Competition Finalist 2013

Art Kudos International Competition Finalist 2013

American Women Artist Exhibit Finalist 2013

Art Renewal Center International Salon Competition Finalist 2012

Art Renewal Center International Salon Competition Finalist 2011

Southwest Artist Magazine 20 Over 30 International Competition Finalist 2010

Art Renewal Center International Salon Competition Finalist 2010



American Women Artists

Portrait Society of America

Wyoming Valley Art League



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