Sharon Johnson-Tennant received her B.F.A. from Skidmore College and continued with graduate studies in Color Theory and the Science of Color at N.Y.U. Sharon had a long career in NYC as both a Fashion and Textile designer, with hands-on technical experience in both dye labs and textile studios worldwide. These experiences rendered many different visual perspectives as her eye became more finely tuned. “Objects and textures would often stop me in my tracks. I would see color in all possible lighting conditions, and, more significantly, small intimate moments or details incorporating color that many people overlook or simply do not see. I am a purist – my photographs are exactly how I see them. I don’t modify the colors, manipulate, crop or change anything from how I originally see and shoot the image.”
In 1993, Sharon married film director, Andy Tennant. They moved to Los Angeles, had four children (including a set of triplets) in five years. Needing to reconnect to her creative side, she picked up a camera while holding four babies, took technical classes and never saw the world the same again.
In the past two years, Sharon has emerged as a serious presence in the photographic community. Her critical acclaim has come in the form of more than 12 awards, including second place in the Julia Margaret Cameron award. She has been juried into four different shows, picked up on international Canon and Nikon websites and has been published in several magazines, such as PDN and National Geographic Traveler. Sharon was also written up as one of the “Five Notable Photographers” last year in Fabrik Magazine.
Sharon is represented by the ROBERT BERMAN GALLERY in Santa Monica.
Her work can also be seen on her website at: www.sjtdesigns.net