RavensBendFolkArt

Folk Art Paintings and Primitive Home Decor

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Announcement    Welcome to Ravens Bend Folk Art. My name is Sharon Wittke and I paint my original designs on wooden bowls, plates, trays, boxes, footstools, chairs, and other utilitarian items, as well as on canvas suitable for framing.

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Last updated on Jun 13, 2022

Welcome to Ravens Bend Folk Art. My name is Sharon Wittke and I paint my original designs on wooden bowls, plates, trays, boxes, footstools, chairs, and other utilitarian items, as well as on canvas suitable for framing.

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Folk Art - A Way of Life in Rural America

Welcome to Ravens Bend Folk Art. My name is Sharon Wittke and I begin almost every day with a paintbrush in my hand. I’m a self-taught decorative artist, and my painting style is a blend of naïve, narrative and folk art with a touch of whimsy thrown in for good measure.

Using acrylics, I paint my original designs on a variety of surfaces. Wooden bowls and plates, chairs, three legged stools, cheese boxes, and antique kitchen utensils are among my favorite items to decorate. I scour local antique and resale shops for odd or interesting items to paint. My favorite subjects are Halloween, Christmas, other holidays, and scenes of rural life.

For inspiration, I recall the resplendent autumn days and blustery winter nights of my childhood home. Dancing witches, cavorting skeletons and grinning ghosts were among the many trick-or-treaters who roamed the streets of my village on All Hallow’s Eve. As a youngster, I heard colorful tales about tiny elves and grumpy belsnickles who lived in the snowy woodlands surrounding my town.

I've been strongly influenced by legendary American folk artists such as Edward Hicks, Rufus Porter, and Grandma Moses, as well as 20th century decorative artists including Peter Ompir, Jo Sonja Jansen, and Peter Hunt.

Humor is a key element in most of my designs, and my greatest reward is seeing a smile when someone views one of my folk art pieces. If you see a design that makes you smile, please contact me to create a folk art piece for you.

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    I'm a self-taught folk artist who paints original designs with acrylics on decorative wooden items such as bowls, plates, trays, footstools, boxes and primitive bread boards . I especially like to paint holiday folk art and scenes of country life.

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