Art and creativity have always been an important part of Sharon Grader’s life. As a professional graphic designer for more than 30 years, she discovered the language of design and how to see as an artist. All of the elements of composition such as shape, line, and color are carried forward into her art.
Since leaving the corporate world, she has unlocked the joy of creating for herself and coloring outside the lines. In 2013, she discovered encaustic painting and fell in love immediately— there was no courtship, just a primal connection to the magical ephemeral quality of molten beeswax.
Exploration and experimentation are major elements of her artistic journey of discovery. She often works with found objects, dyed silk, rusted paper, encaustic monoprinting, watercolor, oil, and pastels. She is fascinated with the creative process and the constant wonder that surprises her everyday.
A constant student, teacher, and advocate for the arts and arts education for all, Darlene McLellan has been a design draftsman for Boeing, a design illustrator for UCSD, and provided scientific illustration for Scripps Institute of Oceanography, La Jolla’s publications for deep sea drilling explorations. Her BA in Fine Arts from Washington State University included a year at Nihon Daigaku (University of Japan), Tokyo. Returning to Japan ten years later, her artwork included one-artist exhibits, participation in Yokohama art festivals, and designing for local companies, including sandblasted art-glass doors.
McLellan’s commissioned work is in private and public collections in the US, Australia, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, Scotland, and Japan. She is a juror, a curator, and exhibits designer and has certification in Museum Studies from the University of Washington. She continues to study embroidery and fiber arts with nationally and internationally recognized historians and designers.