about STP

I'm Sharon Thomas-Parks. Born in Wichita, Kansas, I grew up as the youngest of 3 daughters and spent most of my childhood in the Midwest. After a year in college, I joined the Marine Corps and was the first Woman Marine to work in the brig at Camp Lejeune. Then I became a first-generation college graduate with a Master's degree in clinical psychology.

My mental health career focused on suicide prevention, addiction treatment and psychotherapy. My transition from a satisfying career in mental health led me to an exciting venture sculpting.

I began combining steel and fabric as a result of my own personal psychotherapy. I became aware that part of my reserved exterior protects a soft, vulnerable center. The concept of "Steel Case Soft Center™" is how I envision my own internal work to soften while allowing myself to acknowledge and appreciate the necessity of my protective steel case.

I'm fascinated with the transformation of a material that appears impenetrable. While sculpting steel, it becomes fluid before returning to its unyielding form.

Sculpting steel allows me to risk, get outside of myself and change. Perhaps your own experience of my sculpture will give you permission to discover a different perspective of yourself, risk a little more and reach for meaningful connection.