Sharyn Sowell Bio
Sharyn Sowell has two studios: One is a rose-covered cottage in the garden spilling over with rainbow-hued stacks of paper, pots of ink and glue, scissors by the dozen, clattering old printing presses, and far too many tubes of paint. The other is a suitcase crammed full of craft supplies, ready to go at a moment’s notice.
Sharyn has earned a reputation for designing strong selling product for a wide variety of industries and written Paper Cutting Techniques for Scrapbooks and Cards and Silhouettes: Contemporary Paper Cutting Projects (published by Lark Press/Sterling Publishing, a Barnes & Noble Company). Laser cut stickers for Mrs. Grossman’s Stickers, fabric for Clothworks Textiles and rubber stamps for Clearsnap are just a few of her products for the crafts industry. She’s taught at Portland’s prestigious Art & Soul creative retreats, spoken on FaveCrafts Radio, and instructed at various calligraphy workshops.
A proven professional with a long track record, Sharyn designs for diverse companies like Hallmark, Sunrise Greetings, Creative Converting, York Wallcoverings, and Michaels. Sharyn’s original art can be seen in the British National Portrait Gallery, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and the Orlando Waldorf Astoria. Her covers for Amazon’s Kindle have sold over 2.25 million units and she has won multiple Louie Awards, the Oscar of the greeting card industry.
Sharyn partners with Princess, Royal Caribbean, and Celebrity Cruise Lines, where she shares her love of crafting and art as a featured instructor for hundreds of passengers every year.
Travel furnishes abundant inspiration for Sharyn’s art and allows her to spot global trends and connect with the crafting public and retailers who often search her out aboard ship.
Whether on her own studio doorstep, leading a group sketching the French Riviera, or making luggage tags with a theatre full of cruise ship passengers, you can identify Sharyn by her genuine smile and ever-busy ink-stained fingers.