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PAINTING THE SOURCE

At the moment of insight, everything is possible. This is the moment of creation, a space of becoming.

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Sheila E. Karrow

Artist and teacher, Sheila Karrow lives with her two children on Haida Gwaii in British Columbia. After completing her degrees in Fine Art 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.

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 reveal 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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Art informs Learning

“Artistic responses to nature are a primary way not only of discovering and cultivating the emotions, but also of educating the emotions” (Sloan). Artistic creativity matures through intimate experiences in nature. Insight, far beyond common educational processes, results from observation, connection, and communion with nature.

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1 Anemone

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4 Bonanza Beach

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Threading, Acrylic

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Madly off in all Directions” mixed media

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the watercolour process

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Miniatures of skunk cabbage, acrylic

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West Coast