“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and I have quite an eye for finding that beauty in some bizarre places…”

Hi, my name is Sharyn Fogel and I was born in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Eventually I will die here (but not anytime soon, I hope.)

In the meantime, I intend to paint everything about this area that I love. This includes the mountains, trees, old chairs, white squirrels, barns, country houses and anything else that catches my eye.

I may see something once and paint it 20 years later, but I never forget that image. (Too bad I don’t have that memory when looking for my car keys.)

The Blue Ridge Mountains are my home and I have no plans to leave…but I do plan to paint anything that’s not moving.

I hope you enjoy the images I have created as much as I have enjoyed painting them.




Watercolor Paintings by Sharyn Fogel

Sharyn Fogel painting en plein air in the Great Smoky Mountains with an unexpected visitor wandered by and was photographed by a passing motorist. “Never again will I paint unarmed in Cade’s Cove,” Sharyn vowed.

Sharyn Painting Outdoors on a Southern Appalachian Hilltop

About Sharyn Misenheimer Fogel

Sharyn Misenheimer Fogel is a Brevard, NC native (a rare and dying breed.) She has been painting the mountains of WNC for over 40 years. 

Sharyn attended Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, FL, UNC Asheville, and Brevard College. She has also attended many workshops with well-respected teachers including Joe Miller, Tony Couch, Daniel Greene, Sue Russell, Eileen Fabian, Herbie Rose, Dean Davis, David Smith, and Michael Del Priore. For 3 years, she studied portrait painting with Roman and Constantine Chatov in Atlanta, GA.

She currently offers her work for sale at these local art galleries and shops.  And you may also buy her work here at her online art shop. Her work may also be seen at her home studio at 337 Delphia Drive, Brevard, NC – by appointment only – (828) 884-2254.

She is a member of the Portrait Society of America, the Watercolor Society of NC, and is a member and past president of the Transylvania Art Guild (TAG.)


Transylvania Art Guild Summer Showcase: 2014, Honorable Mention, Watercolor

NC State Senior Games/Silver Arts: 2013, 1st Place, Watercolor

Land of Waterfalls Silver Arts: 2013, Best of Show; 1st Place Watercolor

Summer Arts Showcase: 2012, Dorothy Moreau Watercolor Award

Battle of the Brushes: Old Fort, NC: 2011, 3rd Place/Painting

Keep it Local WNC: 2011, 1st Place/Painting

Summer Arts Showcase: 2010, Dorothy Moreau Award, Best Watercolor

Focus on Art: 2002, Honorable Mention

Winner of Regional Artists Project Grant: 2001

Portrait Society of America: 2000, Work featured in opening ceremony, Washington, DC

NC Mountain State Fair: 1998, 3rd Place/Painting

Festival of the Arts: 1982, 1983, Viewer’s Choice

Festival of the Arts: 1980, 1981, Honorable Mention

Transylvania County Fair: 1978, 1st Place/Painting

Festival of the Arts: 1977, 2nd Place/Painting