Slow Down

Maybe you love your job and you work hard, but . . .  

Does it seem like when you are not at work you're either driving to or from it?  

Do you barely have time to think from one task to the next?

There is a better way.

A slower, more human pace to life,   You know because you've been there.

Remember Greece?

"The Blue Door," One of the many mysterious little passages ways winding through the villages of Nisyros Greece. Prints still available of this piece

"The Blue Door," One of the many mysterious little passages ways winding through the villages of Nisyros Greece. Prints still available of this piece

Maybe you vacationed there and the memory of the clear blue sea is medicine to your soul.  

Did you come to know yourself through knowing Greece?

While walking the streets of Plato and Socrates did the past come alive for you?  

Did Greece Call You to It, Like a Homesickness You Never Knew You Had?

Or did you have a beloved Yia Yia whisper to you about the old county and the smell of wild flowers in the spring?

I understand.

We all need a hiatus from our hectic days even if just for a moment. 

Art has the power to offer us this respite from the world.  It can transform our mood, and empower us by by standing in testament to what we hold dear.

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I'm Sharon McNeil and I make "Art with a Greek Sensibility"

For as long as I can remember, I yearned to go to Greece and at 19, on my first ever flight in an airplane, there I was, on my way to "the old country" for a cultural studies program

A drawing from Google Earth's satellite view of Nisyros.

A drawing from Google Earth's satellite view of Nisyros.

It was a dream come true for me.  We studied the language, history, poetry, folk dance and all things Greek for 6 months.  The first part of our trip was in Athens and the second on the little known island Nisyros.  The experience profoundly changed me.  

Years later I returned to Nisyros. . .  

. . . I stayed for a month, drawing, painting, exploring the island and reconnecting with old friends.  As I explain on the Nisyros about page, I wanted to correct the negative misconceptions about this mysterious island.  I want others to see the beauty in Nisyros that I see. 

My last night on Nisyros when I was nineteen I wrote this in my journal: 

"How can I ever explain that I have fallen in love with an island, a village, a way of life?"  

I realize all these years later that I have been answering my own question through my art ever since.

“but Are your Greek?”

With a name like Sharon McNeil I get asked that a lot. My father was of Scottish descent and my mother, Anna Mehelis, was Greek.  I have enjoyed the complexity of different cultures within me, not just Greek/Scottish but American and growing up in the beautiful Pacific NorthWest.