After the bombing of Pearl Harbour during WWII, Sharon Yamamoto’s parents, who came from different parts of California, were evacuated to a relocation camp for Japanese-Americans in the Arizona desert where they met each other, spent the war and married. Sharon’s childhood home was shared with three generations of her family and on both sides. It was a place where traditional Japanese creative activities were kept very much alive. Flower-arranging, doll-making, sewing, origami, carpentry, music and painting were essential parts of everyday life. From these traditional Japanese crafts to medieval art to Disney, it is narrative art, its symbolism and universal themes, that form the driving force behind Sharon’s work.
Sharon Yamamoto has had over thirty successful solo exhibitions in Britain, across the United States and in Spain. She has participated in forty group shows, festivals and art fairs. She is the recipient of five major awards including membership of the Fine Art Trades Guild. Her paintings are held in corporate collections such as Atlantis European PLC and First Arabian Financial. Sharon’s work has been critically acclaimed in magazines such as New Art International and Art Connoisseur. She is a former art tutor at Winston Academy Miami, Florida and Queen’s College London. Sharon Yamamoto divides her time between Miami, US and Henley-on-Thames, UK where she has lived for over seven years.