Sharon Turner, a UK-Based artist, grew up in Norfolk but now lives in Nottingham with her husband, two children and cat. She has an eclectic background of biomedical science, interior design, jewelry making and textile design. BoomBoom Prints wanted to know more! Take a look:
BBP: If you had to describe your designs in 5 words or less, what would you say?
Sharon: optimistic, happy, ornate, colourful, cute
BBP: Your shop name- what is it and how did it come about?
Sharon: I use my name for most of my on line art but my company name is actually Scrummy Things. When I first started working for myself, I was mostly sewing and making jewelery. The ‘Scrummy Things’ has always been around in my head….. it’s just what I’d always say when people asked me what I was drawing or making! Such a cute coincidence that ‘ST’ turned out to be my initials too!
BBP: What would you say is the coolest thing about being a professional artist?
Sharon: Being called a professional artist! I’m never going to be rich, but spending my time doing what I love the most is the best thing ever.
BBP: Which of your designs is your favorite and why?
Sharon: I’m usually fondest of my most recent work, and I just love my new Tawny Owl. I worked on this from a photo I took at Rufford Park (near Sherwood Forest)
BBP: What would you tell a kid who said they wanted to be an artist?
Sharon: I just love to watch my kids being creative ~ it’s such a great expression of self. I’d tell any kid to just go have fun and get messy!
BBP: What do you find inspires you most?
Sharon: I often get asked this and to be honest my answer is pretty cliché…. animals, nature, color, shape. Sometimes a single mundane thing will spark off an idea in my head. The shape of a railing, an unexpected color combination at the grocery store. I never really look for inspiration, it finds me! I’m forever sending myself emails and writing post it notes when I see something cool!
BBP: What do like most about collaborating with BoomBoom Prints? What are your thoughts on the idea of customizable artwork?
Sharon: I love the emphasis on family and kids! I’m all for customization too
BBP: Is your workspace a specific nook designed to spark your creativity? Do you find yourself designing in all sorts of locations? Where does the magic happen?
Sharon: My proper workroom is up on the top floor, I live in a 3 story Victorian house, but I usually work downstairs, near the kettle and fridge! Where does the magic happen? HA! In my head of course! I’m a scribbler and can do that wherever and whenever, on paper, phone or tablet. But I guess mostly I’m sitting at the computer in the dining room….. watching sci fi and horror stuff (with my ears) as I work
BBP: When did you decide you first become interested in art? Did you know right away that you wanted to be an artist professionally?
Sharon: Since the beginning of me. I’ve always loved to draw, paint and make things. I actually studied science rather than art so haven’t any real art qualifications other than my high school ones. After degrees in Biological chemistry and biomedical science and 8 years working as a haematologist, I packed it all in to work in Interior Design and then set up my own little business. I sometimes wonder how my life would be different had I have gone to art school, but I’d have never met my hubby if I had! Fate gets us to where we should be in the end
BBP: Tell us more about your kids! What do you like most about being a parent? What was the most surprising or most difficult change when you became a parent?
Sharon: I have two kids, Jasmine 15 and Isaac 11. I’m super proud of them both! Jasmine has a brain the size of a planet and is busy studying for her exams this year. Her artwork is incredible. Isaac had art work exhibited in National Art Gallery in London this summer (through a school project) which was pretty amazing! There was a life size cut out of my son at the exhibit (I got told off from a gallery guard for touching it haha).
The hardest part for me when I first became a parent was definitely the lack of sleep. It was really hard work! It really does get easier as they get older! In fact, I get woken with coffee every morning now ~ thanks kids! One of the things I loved the best when they were small was making their rooms gorgeous and fun. They are still fun, but usually quite messy!
BBP: What did your room look like while you were growing up?
Sharon: Back in the 80’s…. black, red and grey! It was pretty trendy actually. I painted one wall with black and red squares, but used enamel paint which dripped beautifully into the squares below. It was really rad. But my Dad flipped when he saw it…. when I moved out to go to Uni Dad got the sander on my artwork. Sigh.
BBP: What was your favorite toy/object as a child?
Sharon: Clarence ~ a teddy bear! I still have him. He’s not fluffy anymore though. We still have cuddles.
BBP: What do you miss most about being a kid?
Sharon: I miss the freedom…. when I grew up it was perfectly OK to jump on your bike and ride and explore all day on your own. I feel sad for kids now that they can never really do that. My kids think it’s hilarious we only had 3 TV channels back then! And no mobile phone or internet! But what do you DO Mum? Makes you think, eh?
BBP: What is your favorite medium and why?
Sharon: Paper and ink! I love the control. It gets personal! Most of my designs are hand drawn and then messed about with on the computer. I used to paint a lot, water color and acrylics. I must find the time to do more of that.
BBP: Who is your favorite artist and why?
Sharon: Graciela Rodo Boulanger ~ I have lots of her prints in my home. Beautiful brush work and colours. Totally inspirational. I also love Dali, Escher and Van Gogh. I saw Van Gogh’s sunflowers in the summer and they took my breath away.
BBP: What do you think is the best way to get kids interested in the arts?
Sharon: I’ve always loved taking my two into galleries, museums and exhibitions. I guess my love of art has rubbed off on them. We are lucky that the schools they have attended have had very good art teachers. It’s such a joy to see kids being creative and being proud of what they have done!
BBP: Where is the most inspiring place you’ve visited?
Sharon: It’s our dream to move to Cornwall one day. I could sit on the beach gazing out to the horizon all day long. So the answer to the question is the beach! Any beach will do…. but Porthcurno Bay is the dreamiest.
The National Maritime Museum in Falmouth is amazing. It has lots of exhibits and true life stories of sea rescues (including boats and a rescue helicopter that you can go in). Well worth a visit if you are ever in that part of the world, but be prepared to cry if you are a softie like me.
BBP: What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
Sharon: The TOUGHEST question! I can’t choose one. Yes I can ~ cardamon and lime! I had that at the Eden project last time I went ~ pure bliss! We have finally found proper licorice ice cream (after a 10 year spell of not being able to find any) ~ and that’s just too awesome. I love fruit ice cream (black cherry, strawberry) chocolate (obviously) also sorbets (elderflower, mango) ~ nuts! Pistachio, coconut. This is a really bad question for me right now as I am trying to diet! Needless to say, ice cream is a BIG thing in our house. And frozen yoghurt. OMG….. I need to walk away from this question!
BBP: What are 5 things you can’t live without?
Sharon: ice cream (apparently), friends and family, drawing, a good sleep, shoes…..
BBP: Do you have pets? If so, tell us about them!
Sharon: MOG! Maddest ever oriental cat. She’s gorgeous. Very talky, very moody, and just brilliant with the kids. Very sociable and the softest fur…. she loves ice cream and yogurt too.
BBP: If you could have any superpower what would it be?
Sharon: Time travel.
BBP: Any other fun facts you’d like to add?
Sharon: I want to eat ice cream now.