Sharon Meriash / Artist's Statement - Bio

Artist's Statement


The goal of my work is to bring new insight, and to reveal beauty beyond the obvious. I focus on flowers because though most people are drawn to their undisguised visual splendor, many have not explored the wonders of their delicate, fragrant depths. My dynamic images allow you to see the dazzling intensity, erotic drama and character emanating from each individual blossom. Taken from the "butterfly's eye view," my pictures become works of abstract art - bold, contrasting splashes of color and complex texture weighed and balanced on the canvas in nature's sure harmony, each new floral vision a departure from the one before it. By changing the way you experience a flower, perhaps I can also change the way you experience the world around you.

My work requires nature to stop - the wind, the clouds, even the insects. It demands patience, stillness and split second responses. It also allows for meditation and celebration of life and it's many changes, including my own. Over 6 years ago I "kissed an air bag," my affectionate term for the auto accident that changed my life. My work represents my personal journey and desire for people to see beyond the obvious in me as well.

I photograph exclusively with digital cameras. I primarily shoot in natural light or what I like to call Mother Nature's Studio. My images are are not manipulated or enhanced in anyway. My images are printed using the finest digital printmaking technique, the CSI LightJet 5000. The LightJet exposes directly to photographic paper using red, green and blue laser beams. The resulting images are processed using traditional photographic chemistry and are custom printed on archival papers. I oversee the entire preparation and printing process. I limit my LightJet images to 50 of each image. All images are laminated and mounted with blocks for ease of hanging.

All images are available for purchase; please email Sharon for more details, at, or visit the Gift Shop.

For More about Sharon and her work, explore this Botanic Gardens Brochure

o Denver Botanic Gardens Newsletter

  • August 2001
  • November 2001
  • June 2002 [this issue features rose images, article Bed of Roses]
  • September/ October 2002 [this issue features a 2 page article on the artist and her work]

o Denver Botanic Gardens Succulent/Dessert Lobby Poster, 2001
o Denver Botanic Gardens Blossoms of Lights Lobby Poster, 2001
o Denver Botanic Gardens Corporate Identity, stationary and business cards, 2002
o Cherry Creek Shopping Center and Denver Botanic Gardens "Explore Denver's Ultimate Backyard, display signage and garden passes, 2002
o Denver Botanic Gardens Educational Catalog Summer 2002 Fall 2002 Spring 2003
o Lakewood Heritage, Culture & Arts Bravo Magazine, Summer 2002
o Bravo Cable Channel, June/July 2002

o Lakewood Cultural Center, Macro Marvels, June 6 - July 26, 2002
o VSA arts of Colorado, Access Gallery, Through a Different Lens, Oct 4 - Nov 16,2002
o Fourth Annual VSA Fine Art Auction, William Havu Gallery, September 6, 2002

o Channel 7 Everyday Hero Award Presentation Photography, Will Styler, 2002
o VSA arts of Colorado Board Member Recognition Gifts, September 2003
o Denver Botanic Gardens and the Colorado Water Lily Association Expo Recognition Awards, 2002
o Denver Botanic Gardens Holiday Gift and Garden Market, November 2002
o Lakewood Holiday Gift and Show Sale, December 2002
o The Eye Candy Show, Access Gallery December 2002

Retail Locations
Most locations carry a wide variety of gifts including Fine Art LightJets, Matted Ink Jet Prints, Greeting Cards, Journals, Address Books and more.

o Denver Botanic Gardens Gift Shop, 909 York St, Denver, Co 720-865-3596
o Hawthorne Botanical Co, 3440 S. Broadway, Englewood, Co 303-781-6334
o Lakewood Cultural Center Showcase Giftshop 470 S. Allison Parkway, Lakewood, Co 303-987-7877
o Lilypons Water Gardens, Buckeystown, Maryland 301-874-5503
o Nelson Water Gardens & Nursery, Katy, Texas 281-391-4769
* proceeds from purchases at Nelson's benefit Texas Children's Hospital o Meriash Photography/ HeartWoman Gallery, by appt 720-203-1136
o VSA arts of Colorado Gallery, 2256 Larimer St, Denver, Co 303-777-0797
o Rain Field, 719 So University, Denver, Co 303-777-3729
o Total Image Interiors, 5101 E Yale, Denver, Co 303-234-1200
o 720-203-1136

Upcoming Publications/ Exhibits/ Events/Projects

o Porter Hospice and Hospice of Peace, Silent Auction and Dinner, DCPA Sewell Ballroom, March 4, 2003
o Lilypons Annual Water Garden 2003 Catalog
o Lilypons Water Garden Spring 2003 Catalog
o Denver Botanic Gardens Interpretation and Research Dept Photo Guide Book
o New - Look for Our Custom Stone Photo Tiles Coming Soon and
o A Line of HeartWoman T-Shirts and Canvas Totes

More Info
HeartWoman Photography is available for use in a wide variety of publications and projects. Sharon Meriash's work may be commissioned for the following and more:

  • Commercial and Residential Interiors and Signage
  • Botanical Projects, Publications and Documentation
  • Corporate and Organizational Recognition Awards
  • Advertising, Catalog and Magazine Print
  • Corporate Identity and Logo

To receive more information concerning scheduling an exhibit of Sharon Meriash's Fine Art LightJets or HeartWoman Retail Products, please contact Sharon Meriash at or 720-203-1136.


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