Hi, we’re Lenny and Teresa Sharp. We’ve been on an adventure together for 34 years. As we thought about the arc of our story, and how best to share it with others in a way that was both meaningful and helpful, we came up with “Live Create Connect”. It encompasses our passion for creating art, living life to the fullest and connecting with others that share our interests.
Teresa is an artist. Starting young, she added technique to her natural talents and produced some very nice work. Marriage, children and supporting a globe trotting husband got in the way of producing art for many years. A painting retreat to France, returning to school for art instruction and four years exposed to the sights and culture of a foreign country, has renewed the passion and resulted in a full portfolio of paintings, two art exhibits and many sold works.
Lenny is an executive with a high technology company and a geek at heart. The technology of digital imaging, combined with video and photo editing software mixed well with exotic locations and have inspired his photography and videography. In the summer of 2015 he discovered the flying camera (aka drone), and has produced beautiful aerial videos of San Francisco, Yokohama Japan, Sydney Australia, Shanghai China and many other locations.
We’re using this platform to share our artwork, provide tips and instruction and feature other artists that inspire us.
For the last four years, we’ve been on assignment in Yokohama Japan. Of course this was a fantastic opportunity to explore a new country and experience a foreign culture in an immersive way. Some of our best art has been produced in these last four years, both in Japan and the other countries we’ve had the opportunity to visit. An unexpected bonus of living abroad has been the opportunity to host many of our family and friends. This has tapped into another passion, that of hospitality as we’ve shared our home and our adopted land. It has been very rewarding to see our visitors enjoy the sights, taste the food and experience the people we’ve grown to love.
As we moved back to the U.S. this summer, we wanted to extend this adventure of exploring both our art and hospitality. We wanted to land in a place that would be rich in scenery and a respite for ourselves and our guests. We had also grown quite accustomed to a beautiful view from our home each day. We also struggled with the conflict between needing very little space for the two of us on a daily basis, and the desire to share our home with family and friends when possible.
We believe we’ve found the best of both worlds has we have settled in Oakhurst California, near Yosemite National Park. It is a beautiful place in the mountains, rich in scenery and wildlife, and a restful place to recharge. We purchased a wonderful home with panoramic views, with plenty of space to entertain. And we’ve solved the dilemma regarding space to live vs. space to host, by listing our two bedroom guest quarters on Airbnb. This has also opened up our world to visitors from many countries. In just a short time, we’ve had the opportunity to host guests from Finland, the Netherlands, China, Chile many cities in the U.S.
We hope you come along with us on our adventure and “Live Create Connect”…
Lenny & Teresa Sharp