Sharon Pierce McCullough,
a self taught artist,
was born in Granite City, Illinois. She was
raised in Pennsylvania and received her schooling there.
Interested in drawing, even as a child, McCullough has
continued to draw off and on throughout her adult life.
Her passion for naive, unusual art led her to folk art.
In 1983, Sharon set her artwork aside and authored five
how-to books on folk art, published by Sterling Publishers,
Sharon started her professional career as an artist in 1992.
She has developed a style over the years that is naive, yet
childlike, working primarily with colored pencils. Her use
of vivid colors is one the most striking aspects of her work,
with animals being the most repetitive theme. Her work, which
is very recognizable, appeals to both adults and children.
McCullough attributes her love of whimsy and lightheartedness
to the years she spent raising her five children. She and her
husband, Michael, and his two children reside in an 1822 stone
home in Cashtown, just outside of Gettysburg, PA. This is where
she conjures up the whimsical themes she draws, often including
past and present family pets.
This nationally recognized artist has successfully licensed her artwork
to many major companies, including the New York Graphic Society that has
offered ten of her images for prints for over six years. The American
Library Association offers her “Fur & Feathered Friends” image on totebags,
and notecards. The SCBWI has recently chosen her “Bedtime Bunny” image for
their new totebag. Whimsical designs from her portfolio have resulted in a
line of Christmas and Halloween ornaments for Department 56 for the past several
In the area of home décor, McCullough has been licensing designs for area rugs to
Regal Rugs for the past four years. Introduced in 2002, Sharon designed a line of
bath rugs, shower curtains and bath accessories for Regal Rugs, and also Springs Industries.
The first of a series of children’s picture books, with Sharon as author/illustrator, debuted
March, 2001, published by Barefoot Books. This features the introduction of a lively
new character, Bunbun, starring in Bunbun, the Middle One, Bunbun at Bedtime and Bunbun at
the Fair was just released September 2002. Books are offered in both hardcover and board book.
McCullough recently signed an agreement with UNICEF to use her images for boxed Christmas cards
and with Antioch Publishing for journals to debut in 2003. Sharon continues to work on new designs
on a daily basis, incorporating both her whimsical and traditional styles.
|Sharon Pierce McCullough- Copyright 1999-2002