Ourselves Behind Ourselves Artist Statement

“Ourself, behind ourself concealed/ should startle most.”-Emily Dickinson
Using sunglasses as a device, I explore the personal boundaries we protect, and the opinions we conceal, as enigmatic individuals navigating the impersonal, public space of a politically divided, socially detached world.

Dark glasses protect, create a veil, mask, present the wearer as a riddle. Yet, because the wearer chooses the glasses, the glasses themselves offer a clue to the wearer’s sensibilities. I explore the idea of sunglasses as a slate upon which any persona can be projected, while my subject’s true self, identity and story remains a mystery.

My models are garnered from the streets of Philadelphia.

Gallery Representation
3rd Street Gallery, 610 S. 3rd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147

Oil Painters of America

Juried Shows and Awards

2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Philadelphia Sketch Club Annual Small Oils Show

Artsbridge Juried Show

Phillips Mill Art Exhibition
Artsbridge Juried Show

Bucks County Gallery of Fine Art 6 x 6” Show

Delaware Riverkeeper Show, “Best Image of the Delaware River”
Pennsylvania Watercolor Society Online Show

New Hope Art League Juried Show
Phillips’ Mill Art Exhibition, Award in Loving Memory of Linda Slaughter, for Watercolor with a Bucks County Theme
Artsbridge Juried Show, Princeton Bank Award for Watercolor
Artsbridge Members Show, Second Place

Artsbridge Members Show, shared People’s Choice Award
New Hope Art League Juried Show


Sharon Egan completed her BFA at Penn State University. She continues her education at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art and in private workshops and classes. Ms. Egan taught watercolor as a continuing education instructor at Bucks County Community College and as a workshop instructor at The Grounds for Sculpture. Ms. Egan lives and works in Philadelphia.