Sharon McConnell is an artist. I’ve told you that before and yet, every single time I see her work, I am amazed just a little more. I suppose it is because so few of us possess the talent and the creativity that the tiny woman seems to take for granted. Sharon finds nothing extraordinary about the fact that, in her hands, a piece of clay quite literally comes to life.
The last time we talked, the cowgirl artist was headed to the Cowboy True Show & Sale in Wichita Falls, Texas. Sharon won second in the sculpture category at that show with Puttin’ On Miles and Hog Wild so once again, I traveled to the Erath County cabin to see if she would let me photograph those two pieces of art.
While I worked, we visited about the show.
“You know, I always meet a lot of nice people at the shows, and this time was no exception. Because of my Hog Wild piece, I heard I don’t know how many stories about hogs while I was there.
“Then, when I returned home, I received an email from a couple who wanted to know if I still had Hog Wild for sale. Just that week, they had roped a 250 pound wild boar that got the man’s horse in the flank with his tusk.”
Sharon then told me the story of another man she met at the show who had been attacked by a wild hog that that actually took him to the ground.
“He was alone, but he did finally break free and got himself to the ER. It took over 400 stitches to piece him back together!”
America’s Horse and Art is the next show that McConnell knows for sure she will attend.
“I’ve already been juried in on that one. I’ll take Whoa Baby, Whoa and America’s Horse, which is still at the foundry. On most shows there is a two-year limit, meaning that only work from the past two years may be entered.
“Of course, I can’t just enter a show. I have to be juried in so it’s always up in the air as to whether I will be asked to attend certain shows. That does make it a little hard.”
As I said, the local artist continues to amaze me. Without missing a beat, she began to tell me about her new goal: to start painting with oils and drawing with pencils.
“I just want to be more versatile in my art.” I actually did start out painting, but I found that I loved sculpting. I’ll never be able to put the sculpting down, but I do want to paint on the side.”
Are ya kidding me? More versatile? Maybe it’s because I don’t have an ounce of art in my fingertips, but the woman already seems about as versatile as one could possibly be!
We didn’t have a lot of time left when Sharon dropped the bombshell, but I did take time to look at Wolf, painted long ago.
“I’m kind of proud of this one because I used only primary colors to do it. I took red blue yellow, and green, and I just mixed them till I came up with these colors. See what I mean?”
No Sharon, I have no idea what you mean, but I am smart enough to recognize a whole lot of talent when I see it!
And if you’d like to see some of Sharon’s work, it might be worth your time (and taste buds!) to have dinner at Del Frisco’s in Fort Worth. Whoa Baby Whoa was unveiled at the 6th annual Pig and Goat Roast at Del Frisco’s Steakhouse, who make it a tradition to unveil Sharon’s latest work each year after Del Frisco’s commissioned her Tallest Hog at the Trough as well as her U Ol’ Goat.