• Shari Ford

Painting by Inspiration



Degas had his ballerinas, I have found my Charlotte sy Dimby princesses! For many years I have loved painting classical portraits, but I am excited to announce that I will now paint by inspiration rather than commissions.


My aim is to render a fleeting moment, to eternalize a darling movement, a precious twirl or pose from the joyful and carefree days of childhood in beautiful gardens and natural settings. Less detailed than official portraits, these small sized paintings will focus on emotions, capturing the true essence and ‘impressions’ of these early years of life. Innocence, tenderness and delicacy will be my guidelines. Introduced by the famous pastel artist Sally Gates to the beautiful smocked dresses from the Parisian designer Charlotte sy Dimby, gave me a new vision. The classic designs, the attention given to each detail, the beautiful fabric hues, the way they twirl but most of all the joy of the little girls wearing them, convinced me to take the big leap. Nourishing a deep interest for French impressionism, it all fitted in marvelously and thus began a lovely relationship.



From our lovely collaborations : Tea Parties, Princess and Posies and Twirling Into Spring, I have gathered wonderful references photos from all over the world: pictures of children from America, France, Japan, Australia and as far as Cambodia which will inspire my next portraits.


To spread the joy, I will be holding new photo sessions. The small impressionist portraits will be available for purchase, the families of my subjects will have the opportunity of acquiring them and if not they will be on sale on my online gallery. So far, they have been very well received and are all now in the families’ private collections! I am truly loving this new adventure!