Sharon Puddester was born in St. John’s, Newfoundland, in 1952. She holds three degrees from Memorial University – a Bachelor of Arts, with a major in English and philosophy, a Bachelor of Education, and a Master of Philosophy.
During the 1970s, Puddester worked as a producer for Memorial University’s Educational Television Centre. From 1975 to 1980, she also created pottery for The Salt Box, a craft store in downtown St. John’s, which she opened with three other Newfoundland artists.
In 1981, Puddester moved to British Columbia to attend the Fine Arts program at Capilano College. In 1988, she moved to Australia to study Fine Arts at the University of Sydney for a year. She then returned to St. John’s, where she worked as an art teacher for Memorial University’s Extension Service and at the Memorial University Art Gallery (now The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery). From 1989-1997, she was also the director of St. Michael’s Printshop. In 2000, she became a visual arts instructor at the College of the North Atlantic’s Bay St. George Campus. She teaches painting, printmaking, and art history.
Puddester’s paintings and woodcuts have been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions that have toured nationally and internationally. They have been shown in such places as Ireland, Japan, and Poland. Some of her paintings and woodcuts were based on her exploration of the connections – physical, emotional, and spiritual – that individuals have with the landscape.
In addition to being part of The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery’s Permanent Collection, Puddester’s artwork is in private and public collections, including The Canada Council Art Bank, the St. John’s Municipal Council, and the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador.