Obituaries

Sharon McCameron Whyte Vancouver, Washington

On March 19, 2017 Sharon McCameron Whyte passed away in Vancouver, Washington in the arms of her son and daughter. Her cancer returned rapidly and family were relieved that she left quickly surrounded by loved ones.
Sharon was born in Lawrence, Kansas in 1947 to George and Delores White, grew up and graduated from high school in Tonganoxie, Kansas, and attended the University of Kansas. She met James Falkner, who she was married to for 27 years, moving to Texas, California, Florida, Rhode Island, and Hawaii. She loved travel. Later in life she lived on Sark Island, studied art at Studio Arts College International in Florence, Italy and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Arts from Kansas University, and a Master of Fine Arts from Vermont College. She was an instructor at the University of Advancing Technology in Arizona before teaching fine art classes at Clark College and in her Salmon Creek Studio. She was also an accomplished professional artist. She received many awards for her work throughout the Pacific Northwest, including juried art shows, Plein Air competitions, and regional watercolor and acrylic shows. In 2014 she created Sharon’s Paint and Pour to share her love for art with more people, recognized that year as the best new business by the Vancouver Business Digest. She used to say, “it’s fun art, not fine art!” Sharon was also an avid political advocate and Co­ founded the Vancouver League of Adventurous Women.
Sharon is survived by her son Ryan Falkner of Dallas, daughter Lori Volkman of Vancouver, grandchildren Olivia and Cooper Volkman of Vancouver, and her brother Tom White of Wichita.
In lieu of a funeral, Sharon requested a party. Her family will honor her with an art show at East Fork Farms in Ridgefield, Washington this summer. Details to be announced on Sharon’s Paint and Pour Facebook page. Her art will be on display and some items will be made for sale to friends and family for keepsake and remembrance.