Sharon Beckman has created art and graphic design throughout her life. She studied the fine arts at the University of Nebraska in Kearney. After graduating, Beckman received the Harriet Hale Woolley scholarship to live and paint in Paris, which she did for two years prior to starting her design career. She spent most of her professional career as a graphic designer and art director in New York City at non-profits, including BAM and Carnegie Hall.
Beckman returned to the midwest after meeting her husband, Ron Pile, a now-retired airline pilot, who is currently writing the great American novel. She opened and operated Archive, a vintage art store and studio in Stoughton, WI, ensuring an ample supply of source materials for future projects. After having lived in Illinois and Wisconsin, Beckman and her husband now live in rural Iowa City, where they think they’ll stay for awhile.