Art as a therapeutic outlet expressing thoughts and feelings.

Photography by ChiChi Ubina

Edited by Elaine Ubina

Renowned American actress and film producer, Sharon Stone has landed in Greenwich. Curator and Principal of C. Parker Gallery, Tiffany Benincasa connected with Stone and feels very strongly about bringing her work to Greenwich for her East Coast premiere. The show is called “Welcome to My Garden.” Benincasa calls Stone “a survivor” and is passionate about supporting her art and commitment to creativity.

Stone, 65 is a single mother of three adopted boys who range in age from 17 to 23. She is an international star and is widely recognized for her roles in films, “Basic Instinct” (1992) and “Casino” (1995), which earned her an Academy Award nomination.

Sharon Stone began painting when she was a child. She was inspired by her aunt, Vonne, who was a painter and art teacher. Stone took painting lessons from her aunt and continued to paint throughout her childhood. When Stone’s acting career took off in the 1980s, she put painting aside. She returned to painting during the pandemic in 2020.

In an interview with L’OFFICIEL USA, Stone said, “I started painting again during the pandemic. I started with a paint-by-numbers so I could get my brushstrokes together, and then I started painting every single day. I still do.”

Stone’s paintings are often abstract and expressionistic, with a focus on color, movement, and emotion.

She is inspired by a wide range of sources, including nature, her own personal experiences, and the work of other artists – including Calder, Miro and Kandinsky.

Famous Hollywood costume designer, Tony Duquette was a neighbor in Hollywood and often viewed and influenced Stone on color and expression. 

Duquette was also a painter and jewelry designer, as well as home interiors. He was known for his eclectic style and use of bold colors which translate into Stone’s work.

Prior to adopting her sons, in 2001, Stone survived a life-threatening stroke. She has been vocal about her experience and recovery and has become an advocate for brain health and stroke awareness. Her health scare had a significant impact on Stone’s life and career. Stone has said that she was shunned by the industry and had difficulty finding work after her stroke. Determined to make a comeback in Hollywood, Stone has starred in several films and television shows, including Netflix series, “Ratched” and the movie, “What About Love.”
In 2023, Stone held her first solo gallery exhibition, titled “Shedding,” at the Allouche Gallery in Los Angeles.

Stone’s paintings have been praised by critics and collectors alike for their originality, expressiveness, and emotional impact. She is a true artist of many talents, and her work continues to inspire and challenge viewers around the world.

Sharon Stone pictured above right with Tiffany Benincasa.