The Creative Process of Nyssa Sharp

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Artist Nyssa Sharp

Nyssa Sharp’s portraits, comprised of oil-like digital paintings and simple line drawings, are her expression of the inner female attitude and engage a dialogue surrounding feminine identity and the figure. She is a full-time artist living in Sydney, Australia, with her pet bunny, named Grizzly.

We are very excited to share one of Nyssa’s portraits with our subscribers this September. Subscribe by August 31st.


Hi Nyssa. Tell us about your Papirmass artwork! (not pictured)
A lot of people think that The Girl with the Yellow Skirt is an oil painting, but I made it on my Macbook Pro using a drawing tablet. It is the most important piece I have ever created, and I get the most feedback for it. It is so cool and beautiful to know that people connect with it so strongly.

Artwork by September 2017 Artist Nyssa Sharp

What gets you in the zone?
I love scrolling through Instagram and seeing all of my friends making such beautiful art. The work of other artists really inspires me to make my own.

What is your studio like?
My studio space is just my bedroom. I make most of my drawings and paintings on my laptop or my iPad, so I don’t need a lot of space for an actual studio. One day, I would like to have a separate space where I can really stretch my legs but for now, my bedroom is where I feel the safest and most able to make art and explore my practice.

Artwork by September 2017 Artist Nyssa Sharp

What is the most important tool in your practice?
Probably my laptop and drawing pad combo!

What is your greatest accomplishment?
My greatest accomplishment is just seeing how much my art has changed and developed over time. Finding out who I am as an artist and finding my own point of view is the best thing that has ever happened.

Artwork by September 2017 Artist Nyssa Sharp

What is the best advice you’ve received?
Do not disappear for revenge.

What is your best advice to aspiring artists?
Everybody says “try harder” or “don’t try so hard” but don’t listen to them just try as hard or as soft as you can.

Artwork by September 2017 Artist Nyssa Sharp

Nyssa Sharp is our September 2017 artist.
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