Sharon in her studio on Day of Wearing Pink

For more than three decades, artist and author Sharon has explored the merging of traditional and digital painting, drawing, printmaking and collage. In her ongoing “Letters from her Father” series, she creates imaginary worlds of childhood from adult chaos. Her “For Our Own Good” series images pose taboo questions about medical privacy and genetic surveillance.

Sharon’s artwork appears in many books and magazines, and has been exhibited widely. Her art has received the national Faber Birren Color Award, a Windsor Newton Painting award, and a Connecticut Commission on the Arts Fellowship Grant. Sharon’s painting studio is in San Francisco’s Mission district, though you may spot her secretly drawing portraits on public transit.

Sharon is also the author of numerous books and articles about creating art with digital tools, including the fourteen editions of the best-selling Adobe Illustrator WOW! Books series (which received three Benjamin Franklin awards for “best computer book”), and Creative Thinking in Photoshop. Her “Artistic Painting” courses are available at, and you can read her Digital Art Studio column for

Sharon lives in San Francisco with her husband (SF State professor of sound and radio), Jeff Jacoby, who is also author of sound-for-video courses on To keep up to date with Sharon’s postings about art and life, please find her on InstagramFacebook or Twitter, and sign up for her occasional newsletters or  blog. If you wish to collaborate with Sharon on ways to ensure that cities prioritize community and cultural spaces, please ask her about the Cultural Space Coalition.