Sharon Sumpolec is an autodidact visual artist and her painting “Brave Heart” (shown left) was the #AIArtist winner for January 2016. She works out of her studio in New York and finds inspiration in love, life’s energy and nature’s elements. Sharon creates her paintings with bright, energetic colors that elevate your mood. She states that art has brought her out of the darkness and into the light and that her paintings are “visual therapy” for the observer. Proficient in brush, palette knife and fluid art, Sharon primarily works using acrylic paints. She loves the abundant selection of art supplies and great discounted prices at A.I. Friedman’s stores. See more of Sharon’s artwork on instagram (@colouristastudios) or on her website at www.colouristastudios.com. Congratulations on your winning entry Sharon and thanks for sharing your artist talents with us!