Hello! I’m Sharon Wegner-Larsen, the creator behind OMEGAFAUNA. I'm a painter, illustrator, and graphic designer. I've been drawing non-stop since I was just old enough to hold a crayon. I live with my husband and our budgie in a little home in the little city of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, surrounded by field, prairie, and wide open sky.
ART MEDIUMs / STYLEs
Ink + Watercolor
Ink + Digital
Acrylic on Canvas
INSPIRATION / THEMES
My inspiration is fed by nature, natural phenomena, science, the human spirit of discovery and adventure, myth, imagination, and fantasy.
I've been captivated by natural history, Earth science, and space exploration for as long as I can remember. I channel the awestruck wonder I feel for this subject matter into my work.
Many of my pieces can trace their sparks of origin back to things I've seen and experienced at museums and national parks. Capturing lots of photos while traveling to these places has become a valuable part of my process.
Though it may seem unrelated to science, my more fantastical work sprouts from the same seeds of fascination with nature, environmental concern, thirst for learning and exploration, and imaginative curiosity. Any points where nature, science, and the mythological intersect (e.g. medieval bestiaries) are of special interest to me.
I'm also a child of the 80s and I can't deny the influence of my magical candy-colored childhood of Care Bears, Lisa Frank, Schim Schimmel, My Little Pony, The Little Mermaid, and so on. Rainbows, sparkle, and fanciful animals seem to be forever embedded in the core of my being. I've come to embrace this as symbolic of my overall mission as an artist: sharing and encouraging joyful curiosity, openness, play, and wonderment with all who wish to experience beauty and mystery beyond the everyday grind of life.
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
Flight Ephemeral | Duo show, Exposure Gallery & Studios | Sioux Falls, SD | 2017
Artists Against Hunger 14 | Vishnu Bunny | Sioux Falls, SD | 2017
8 x 8 Holiday Show | Rehfeld’s Art & Framing | Sioux Falls, SD | 2016
Featured Artist at Rehfeld’s | Rehfeld’s Art & Framing | Sioux Falls, SD | 2016
2nd Annual Sweet Art Show | Icon Event Hall + Lounge | Sioux Falls, SD | 2016
Guest Artist at Rehfeld’s | Rehfeld’s Art & Framing | Sioux Falls, SD | 2015
Uptown Artists at The Bakery | The Bakery | Sioux Falls, SD | 2015
From Mountains to Sea | Juried Exhibition | Art.Science.Gallery | Austin, TX | 2015
Skullmore Launch Party | Exposure Gallery & Studios | Sioux Falls, SD | 2015
Spectrum | Exposure Gallery & Studios | Sioux Falls, SD | 2015
The $100 Art Show | Exposure Gallery & Studios | Sioux Falls, SD | 2014
Think Free | Juried Exhibition | Exposure Gallery & Studios | Sioux Falls, SD | 2014
Welcome Back | Exposure Gallery & Studios | Sioux Falls, SD | 2014
Beasts | Exposure Gallery (old location) | Sioux Falls, SD | 2013
Art Maze | Mural design | Former DM&E building | Sioux Falls, SD | 2016
Mural design + live mural painting | The Bakery | Sioux Falls, SD | 2015
Studio 301 | Washington Pavilion | Sioux Falls, SD | 2014
Live mural painting | DTSF Riverfest | Sioux Falls, SD | 2014
Live watercolor painting | DTSF Art & Wine Walk | Sioux Falls, SD | 2013
Live acrylic painting | DTSF Art & Wine Walk | Sioux Falls, SD | 2013
PRESS + PUBLICATIONS
Meet the Artist: Sharon Wegner-Larsen | 605 Magazine | November Issue | 2017
Sharon Wegner-Larsen: An Inspiring Interview | Jam Art + Supplies’ Inspired Interview series | 2016
Skullmore Vol. 2 | Full page art | 2015
Skullmore Vol. 1 | Cover art | 2015
University of South Dakota | Vermillion, SD | BFA degree | Graphic design + painting | 2011