Morgan Ofsharick is a watercolorist and children’s illustrator who specializes in a variety of subjects, from animal life, to food, to delicate landscapes. She places a high value in the role that color plays in her work, exploring the limitations of how to consciously use it to enhance reality and catch the eye. She also values simplicity and minimalism in her work, often completely eliminating a background in her illustrations and allowing the detailed subject itself to take precedence. Likewise in her landscapes, she tends to veer away from glamorous sunsets, instead finding appreciation in mundane scenery like wildflowers and weeds on the side of a freeway. She finds particular interest in watercolor as a medium due to the unpredictability that it offers through bleeds and sedimentation.
Ofsharick graduated from Lyme Academy (Old Lyme, CT) in May of 2016 where she earned her BFA in illustration. The college is a small diamond in the rough offering atelier-like courses from highly esteemed professors and working artists. Ofsharick chose the school with the desire to be disciplined through classical Golden Age illustration and to be trained in more traditional mediums like watercolor and walnut ink.
Ofsharick currently resides in Stratford, CT, working on a daily basis on various portfolio projects and occasional commissions, as well as marketing her own self-published children’s book. Along with her personal work, she is a main instructor at Muse Paintbar in Norwalk, where she leads painting sessions several days a week and regularly designs new paintings for the company.