Sharon Griffes Tarr

"When asked what subjects I prefer I always respond that expressing the qualities of light and atmosphere unique to the Great Lakes region is my passion.  From childhood I have been fascinated by this extraordinary land...its variable land formations and waterways created by ancient glaciers. I strive to express this love through my impressionistic oil and pastel paintings."

Sharon's personal journey in art began with private study under  Leland Beeman in Jackson, MI, throughout her high school years.

She continued her education at the American Academy of Art, Chicago and has enhanced her individual studies under great contemporary masters of American art such as  Cheng-Khee Chee, William Scott Jennings, and Albert Handel.  A respected teacher herself, she has taught drawing and painting classes and instructed regional plein air painting workshops for over 30 years.

Painting en plein air is vitally important to her understanding of her subjects. Sharon regularly paints on location year around using her studies as references for larger studio works. Her work may be viewed at


Cedar Creek - Oil


Boudeman Pond - Oil


Morning in the Lily Garden - Oil

Boudeman pond

Snow Trails - Oil

Wet Paint

November Sunshine - Oil