Last Updated on January 28, 2024

Known for primarily playing femme fatales and women of mystery on film and television, Sharon Stone became a cinematic icon for her role as Catherine Tramell in the erotic thriller “Basic Instinct.” The film earned Stone her first Golden Globe Award nomination for “Best Actress in a Motion PictureDrama.”

It’s a movie I will never forget!

Besides acting, Stone has interests most fans don’t realize. She is internationally recognized as a global cultural leader with honors including the “Women Making History Award” from the National Women’s History Museum, the “Einstein Spirit of Achievement Award,” the “Nobel Peace Summit Award Laureate.” She was also bestowed a “Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters” in France, the “Harvard Humanitarian Award” and the “Human Rights Campaign Humanitarian Award.”

Stone was further honored in 2023 as the “Global Citizen of the Year” at the United Nations UNCA Awards.

In addition, she is an artist whose art has been praised by collectors and art world luminaries, including Jerry Saltz, the Senior Art Critic for “New York Magazine” and winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism.

The C. Parker Gallery in Greenwich, CT is hosting the East Coast premiere of Sharon Stone’s paintings – the first time her artworks have been exhibited outside of Los Angeles. Stone’s 19-painting exhibition “Sharon Stone: Welcome To My Garden” has been so well-received, it has been extended through February 20, 2024. 

“I created these works to understand the essence of pure creativity that comes from heartfelt truth, to let go of the noise, the judgements, and the pollution of our societal pulls,” Stone said.

“This new exhibition offers a never-before-seen panorama into Sharon Stone’s creative prowess,” Tiffany Benincasa, the owner and curator of the C. Parker Gallery, said. “The artist invites viewers on a journey through the vibrant landscapes of her imagination, reflecting her inner world. A testament to Stone’s profound talents.”

Sharon Stone’s acute powers of observation have blossomed onto the painted medium. Her ability to interpret human behavior, and her capacity to turn human frailties into sources of strength, shine through in ways that are combative, conquering and victorious.

Her connection to nature is always visually present.

“Color becomes a wavelength for me,” Stone said. “Being a colorist moves the directions of my paintings. Color speaks to me.”

Stone has been painting her entire life. In childhood, her Aunt Vonne, who had a master’s degree in painting, would create murals across the walls of the home where Stone lived. The actress studied painting in college, and her artmaking became her focus during the pandemic when she entered a whole new creative portal.

This period of crisis transported Stone to open up new artistic channels, transferring her lifelong creative instincts onto the canvas. Since then, she says that she paints every day, four to 17 hours per day.

Sharon Stone and Tiffany Benincasa at the show opening.
Sharon Stone and Tiffany Benincasa at the show opening. Photo courtesy of C. Parker Gallery

C. Parker Gallery is a full-service art gallery and consultancy celebrating its 10th year in Greenwich. Representing an extensive collection of works by traditional and contemporary artists, the Gallery is a recipient of the Best of Greenwich Award and Best of the Gold Coast Award.

The gallery’s inventory features more than 1,800 works from over 70 artists representing original paintings, prints, sculpture and collectibles.

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    Noreen Kompanik is a retired registered nurse, legal nurse consultant and military spouse turned travel writer. She launched her travel writing career in 2014 and has over 1,000 published articles in a variety of digital and print publications.