Award winning artist, Sheila Karrow, lives in Haida Gwaii, British Columbia. After completing her degree in Fine Arts and Education, Sheila spent several years teaching high school Visual Art and English. After ten years of full time art making, Sheila returned to educational studies pursuing a Masters degree in Art Education and is currently teaching in the district where she continues to share her passion for imaginative learning with young children and adults. “My own art making informs what and how I teach in the classroom. Inspiration can come from interaction with students on a daily basis.” In the Fall of 2018, Sheila will be entering into a PhD program at the University of Victoria in curriculum studies and the arts.
Sheila’s paintings communicate both a literal and metaphorical understanding of the natural world. She strives for an intimate connection with the subject yet also reveals the unknowable reality of such a form. Her carefully rendered images in acrylic and watercolour illustrate the intensity and interconnectedness of life. The soil is filled with details of roots and new plants; and in looking deeper, one can see an abstraction of form.
“I am interested in the invisible line between land and sea. The soil, rocks, plants and animals that genesis in forest loam, share their existence with the life below the water surface. The space between land and sea tells us about ourselves. Our oceans mirror the place of society; they tell us about changing temperatures and petroleum use. The ocean holds the secrets to the future of the planet.”
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