An award winning illustrator, Sharon Roy Finch was born and raised in New York and graduated from the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design. She studied in Rome, Italy for several years and then resided in Washington, DC, where for almost 20 years her work in art direction, illustration and portraiture received numerous awards from such institutions as the Society of Illustrators in New York, the Washington Art Directors Club, and the Washington Editors Press. Her work has also appeared in many publications including the Washington Times, Print, Communication Arts, and How magazines.
As a resident and lover of Austin, Texas, for more than a decade, Finch has been chosen as Austin's "Local Artist of the Year" by the Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau. She has participated in several public art campaigns benefiting not-for-profit organizations, in Washington, DC, contributing both a panda, to the whimsical "Pandamania" project, and an elephant to their "PartyAnimals" campaign, which now resides at American University in DC. While in Austin she created a cow for the Austin Cow Parade and a guitar for the Austin Guitartown Project. Her guitar, “MusiCapital” was signed by then Mayor Will Wynn, and can be seen at the Austin Bergstrom Airport; while her cow, “Moosic Capital”, resides at the Horseshoe Bay Resort in Marble Falls, TX. In addition to these hand-painted sculptures, Finch was commissioned by both the Driskill Hotel in Austin and the Hotel Derek in Houston to paint cows for display at their hotels. She most recently completed a steer as part of the Stampede for Children and an oil painting of the University of Texas’ mascot, Baby Bevo for an auction benefiting American Youthworks that took place this past spring.
Most recently, Finch has been creating portraits of couples (its been a busy wedding season), pets, (in memory of several newly deceased) and homes (recently purchased). While also producing both large and small originally painted artwork for individuals, corporations and stores. She offers the occasional workshop in her studio, when she’s not in the middle of customizing collegiate barn stars for schools and universities throughout Texas and beyond, just doing her small part to "Keep Austin Weird”.