Born and raised in Chicago, Sharon Ebert 's incessant passion for Painting, the Sea and the Tropics inspired her to follow a lifelong dream of living on a tropical island. After visiting the FIJI ISLANDS in the South Pacific Sharon became enchanted with the islands, its' people and the gentle way of life, and boldly decided to move there. A long way from her native mainland, she has resided in Fiji since 1995 and favors Fiji as her home. With the blend of having lived in the heart of Chicago and now living on the ocean in Fiji, she can now paint her favorite theme...The Tropical Ocean. Her style exhibits the calmness of Island Living blended with her perception of which can best be described as "Gentle Surreal Escapes". Although a self taught painter she had formal training at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Louisville School of Art in Kentucky. Her collective exhibits include several awards for various paintings of diverse media which include oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, colored pencil and 3 dimensional works in both the Chicagoland area and Fiji; drawings published in a book entitled "Letters From the Tribe" and a One Woman Show at the Woodstock Opera House (Woodstock, IL;U.S.A.) in 1989.