Sharon Watterson was born in Chicago and studied life drawing and design at The American Academy of Art. In 2004 she moved to Portland, Maine and has worked at USM in various departments since 2005. She thrives at helping others—especially students. In her spare time she enjoys art, reading and gardening. Watterson’s background in Biblical research inspires her to give paintings for the benefit of others in need…“Give and it shall be given unto you;” Luke 6:38a. After donating a pastel painting titled “Abundance” for a silent auction to help raise money for a child with Leukemia, she became inspired to make other donations. As an art major at USM she did a painting of The Henry Wadsworth Longfellow House and gave that to the Maine Historical Society. “The character of the home inspired the colorful painting as it sits in the middle of a city that has changed but remains a historic gem in downtown Portland.” She also donates calligraphy to the Victoria Mansion.
She has sold art to the owners of The Portland Lobster Co., DiMillo's Restaurant, on display in The Fore Street Gallery. Her work has been exhibited at the Roux & Cyr Gallery and Continuum for Creativity Gallery in Maine and in the Kennedy Gallery in Portsmouth, NH.
Sharon truly enjoys working at USM! President Cummings also has some of her work in his office in Masterton!