Playmates has all the hall marks of Sharp’s ability to capture her subject with freshness and spontaneity. With the brushwork and colour-handling of an accomplished Impressionist, bright sunlight dances across the picture catching the two youngsters on the old wooden jetty and their pre-occupation with the their fishing rod poised in the glittering water. Their anticipation is palpable and provides a real moment in time.

As a member of the St Ives School, Sharp joined in their pursuit of light and movement. Her particular skill emerged through the paintings of children in the bright Cornish sunlight, in their quest for adventure and fun. These canvases are brim full of sparkling colours applied with quick and easy brushstrokes, reflecting the playfulness of the young ones.

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