Sharleene Hurst is a member of the New Hampshire Art Association and the Hampton Arts Network. She was born in Northampton, MA in 1959. Her childhood was not easy. She was born into a highly dysfunctional family that was eventually plagued by poverty. Sharleene also struggled with Aspergers syndrome, which is a highly functional form of autism. While she scored very high on IQ tests, normal social skills eluded her and she spent her entire childhood as an outcast. She also suffered from joint problems, vision troubles and a form of dyslexia. While most in her position would be content to give up or label themselves as victims of society and punish others for the misery they have received, Sharleene resolved to spend her life proving to the world that she has something of importance contribute to society. No one should be harassed, ignored or written off because they are different. She wants kids like her to have hope and real futures. Sharleene believes that every child has the right to be able to follow his or her dreams. In the early1980’s, Sharleene lived in Rockland, Maine for 3 years before she met her husband, Lee, and settled in Hampton, New Hampshire. There she worked for a large corporation and became involved in politics. She ran for and held several offices including 3 terms in the State Legislature, a term on the Hampton School Board, several terms on the Municipal Budget Committee; one year as Chairman, Planning Board; one year as
Vice-Chairman and Charter Commission. In 1996 she began showing her artwork. Sharleene now works on her artwork full-time. She is self-taught.