Featured artist Sharon Kotzur has enjoyed teaching art, first at Pleasanton Junior High and then the high school, for the last 32 years.
Born in Dublin, Ireland, and raised just southeast of San Antonio, Sharon is a 25-year resident of Floresville and claims Pleasanton as her second home. Her husband, Dennis, is a recent retiree of the Texas Air National Guard and enjoys working on the family ranch in Kosciusko. Their son, Jared, is a senior in the School of Architecture at Texas A&M University in College Station and will soon earn a degree in Environment Design.
Sharon graduated from St. Gerard Regional High School in San Antonio and attended St. Philip’s College where her father, Melvin Struckhoff, taught interior design and drapery making. She then transferred to Incarnate Word College, earning degrees in Art, English and Secondary Education. Sharon is a lifetime member of the River Art Group in La Villita, and displays her work in many local and area art shows.
As an educator, Mrs. Kotzur is a strong supporter of the Fine Arts in Pleasanton’s community and schools.
“Whether it be visual art, theater or music, she believes the fine arts provide opportunities for young people to express themselves creatively, find self-confidence, learn persistence, think critically and ultimately achieve their dreams.”
Having had the opportunity to work with well over 4,000 Pleasanton High School and Junior High students, she has seen students pursue a wide variety of careers ranging from fine arts, graphic design, art education, visualization, advertising, culinary arts, theater and music, among others. She finds it fulfilling to see Pleasanton alumni achieving professionally and giving back to the communities in which they live.
As a watercolor artist, Sharon works to capture vivid color and gradations in value in both still life and natural scenes. Her work is grounded in the philosophy that we find beauty wherever we are and it is up to each one of us to create environments that feed our spirit and elevate our daily existence.
Pleasanton’s first high school art teacher, Camilla Allen Mitchell said, “Sharon Kotzur is at the top of our Pleasanton art teachers as she teaches the different aspects of fine art to help fulfill each student’s dreams as they search for their place in life for achievement and/or their life’s work.”
Sharon’s paintings will be on display throughout January at Pleasanton City Hall.