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, NYC.

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 years.

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