Sharon Charney was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She began studying art at an early age and went on to major in painting at Carnegie Mellon University. There she studied with Lawrence Calcagno and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree. She continued her art studies at the University of Wisconsin, studying with abstract expressionist Milton Resnick, and earning her master's degree.
Her first solo exhibition was in Madison Wisconsin. She has had numerous solo exhibitions over the past fourty years, including shows at the Metro Nashville International Airport, The Tennessee Performing Arts Center, and Nashville's Parthenon. In addition to local exhibitions, she has participated in national and regional juried exhibitions. Her paintings are in many corporate and private collections throughout the United States and abroad.
Charney is best known for her use of color and her imaginative interpretations of her subjects.