Sharon O'Brien Huey describes her work as "Artography", a portmanteau of "Art" (digital) and "Photography". She does not consider herself to be a photographer in the traditional sense, but her own photographs are the basis of her artwork. She uses a variety of software programs and techniques to achieve the unique, fairytale or magical realism quality that her work embodies.
A natural autodidactic, Huey has no formal training in any form of art (she is the former senior editor of multiple high-profile reference books) but credits her skills and successes to her endless curiosity, hunger for knowledge and desire to always be challenged. As a nonconformist, she fervently believes that traditional routes are not necessarily the only way to achieve goals.
Huey has a penchant for abandoned places, decrepit barns, people and places with history and a story to tell.
What others may overlook is oftentimes exactly what she is drawn to.
"People don't slow down enough to look around and see the magical world they live in," she says. "I capture my photographs by taking long, aimless drives on some of the endless beautiful backroads in our area...Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland. But I am forever pulling over to let speeding cars pass me. They're going too fast to see the beauty all around that I'm seeing and I think that's sad." She needed to find a way to make people see again, to make them slow down, to pause for just a minute. That's where the fairytale, magical realism look of her artwork came from. People will say 'Oh, I know where that is!' when I make something familiar look a little bit wonky. This gets their atttention. This makes them see."
In August, 2012 Huey's artography won five separate awards in Salem County, NJ. In June, 2013 she was featured in a solo exhibit at the Ocean County Library Art Gallery, Toms River, NJ. Following that event she was honored to have another month-long show in July 2013 at the Millville Town Peddler Artist Gallery, Millville, DE. She is currently seeking other similar opportunities.
Delaware City, DE 19706