Sharon’s sharing her journey

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  • Gerald Begeman, senior lecturer at the Bermuda College, artist Sharon Wilson and English professor Sajni Tolaram

    Gerald Begeman, senior lecturer at the Bermuda College, artist Sharon Wilson and English professor Sajni Tolaram

  • Poster for the lecture series at the Bermuda College designed by artist Sharon Wilson.

    Poster for the lecture series at the Bermuda College designed by artist Sharon Wilson.


You are not alone in your struggles.

This is the message that artist and educator Sharon Wilson will share in a lecture on Monday.

All Roads Lead to Rome begins a new series the Bermuda College is offering to promote community dialogue on contemporary issues.

“The Rome in the title is just figurative,” Ms Wilson said. “In the lecture I hope to share something of my journey, not just as an artist, but also as an educator and a woman and a Bermudian. It really has been a journey. I now have 30 years of being in the field of art. When I was college age I really wished for people in the field to share their experiences.”

Because she lacked a proper mentor to compare experiences with, she often became discouraged and blamed herself for some of her struggles, when in reality they were the ordinary ups and downs of life.

“As a student you sometimes wonder whether or not it is really possible to realise your dream, knowing your circumstances,” she said. “I feel sharing is the necessary thing to do given my age, almost 60.”

Ms Wilson was known almost exclusively as a pastel artist for more than 20 years, but recently expanded into other mediums. Her work is on display at the Bermuda National as well as the Sharon Wilson Gallery. She also teaches through the Sharon Wilson School of Art.

She described her path as “colourful”.

“It has been rich, although it didn’t always feel rich at the time,” she said. “Some of my struggles have involved dealing with issues of self-worth.”

Ms Wilson said many women today feel a lot of guilt as they attempt to balance high-powered careers with motherhood and life.

“I think women today feel so much guilt they make themselves physically sick with it,” she said. “At one point in my career I felt so fractured and split, that whenever I dealt with one aspect of my life I felt guilt that I wasn’t dealing with the other aspect.”

As to where Rome was figuratively for her, she said she did not know.

“All I can say is I am on the road,” she said. “I don’t know if there is any great place to get to. The value is in the journey and trying to stay focused and centred. That is enough.”

Monday’s event takes place in the North Hall Lecture Theatre. There will be a reception at 6.30pm; the lecture follows at 7pm. The event is free and open to the public.

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Published Mar 15, 2013 at 8:00 am (Updated Mar 14, 2013 at 6:46 pm)

Sharon’s sharing her journey

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