Sharon Taylor Padgett’s interest in art began when she was a child.
She was born in Allendale, S.C. After the death of her mother when she was 3, she moved to Florida with her father. Later, she inherited land in Hampton County, sold it and moved to Barnwell, S.C. Because she had a gift for telling stories, she was drawn to the newspaper business.
“A reporter interviewed me and asked me to write a story for the paper. That is when I became a feature writer for the paper, covering council meetings and other city events and learned the business of newspaper writing.
‘‘I began as a reporter and worked my way up to editor of The People’s Sentinel. When I met my husband, I moved to Aiken and went to work for the Aiken Standard as a police reporter.”
Even though Padgett was an award-winning writer, after about 10 years she felt she needed a change.
Padgett studied art at Jacksonville University in Jacksonville, Fla., with Zita Mellon, a colorist from Allendale, S.C., and with Livio Valentine, a modern artist, at the University of South Carolina-Aiken.
Padgett started painting and teaching, and today has a waiting list for her classes. Another South Carolina artist, Jim Harrison, has helped her market her art.
Padgett is represented in three galleries: With These Hands at Edisto, S.C., with seashore art; the Salkehatchie Art Center in Allendale with Lowcountry art; and the Aiken Center for the Arts with Aiken scenes. She also teaches at the University of South Carolina-Aiken in the Adult Continuing Education Department.
Her upcoming class schedule at the Aiken Center for the Arts is: May 18, Southern Hospitality (pineapples, focus on still life); June 22, Seaside Conversation (3 ladies on the beach); and July 20, Still Life of Watermelons and Cantaloupes.
The medium is acrylic and is step-by-step instruction. Classes are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Aiken Center for the Arts, Aiken. Contact Padgett at email@example.com or visit her Web site at www.oiloriginals.com.