Approximately 20 years ago, with a basic set of acrylic paints and a small canvas, my love of vibrant color blossomed into a career in art. I fell in love with the wonders and colors of the Gulf Coast which are my inspiration and my palette. I am largely a self-taught artist and though I have been successful in many genres, my specialties are sea life, animals, and tropical birds. I also enjoy doing pet portraits. I have done commission work as well as speculation and have sold paintings nationwide in both acrylic and oil. My paintings are exhibited at www.sharzartz.com and www.dimensionsgallery.com in addition to this site and I have an upcoming exhibit at Baptist Hospitals in Pensacola, Florida. I reside in Pensacola.