Artist Statement

S. Coulson Downes is a fourth-generation painter who graduated from Moore College of Art. Her latest series, “Oaxaca; Last Days”, was inspired by her trip to the city last year. The culture, stark light, and sharply delineated shadows of the architecture there evoked a flat-footed honesty that spoke to a personal struggle Sharon was facing at the time. Simplistic line and flatly-rendered space meet us in the landscape. Sharon’s intention with this approach to her subject matter is to play with the viewer’s perception of perspective and undermine preconceived ideas of stability. Bold color flood these canvases and invites the viewer to step in to a landscape of their own.

The series, “Oaxaca; Last Days”, will be showing at Muse Gallery for the month of August, 2018.

Sharon Coulson Downes in studio working on Oaxaca series