My first response was to crouch in the sand and collect the many tiny pieces of plastic. There can be an absurdity to beauty. Outer space and ocean depths come together, married by their alien experience to us. Like space garbage, plastic debris finds its way into every corner of the universe.
16 x 20. watercolour, 2017.
This image was inspired by an Artist in Residence trip to Gwaii Haanas in the Summer of 2017. Leaning over the boat, I was mesmerized by a giant red anemone glowing below the shimmering surface. There is a need to reacquaint myself with this thing over and over -a desire to know and understand. I cannot get there, but I am close. Every attempt falls short but the encounter is magical.
This watercolour image is inspired by a visit to the west coast of Haida Gwaii. It depicts the interconnection between animal and plant and the interesting transition from high tide to low. Tidal creatures adapt to this constant change and the seconds of transition are fascinating. By sitting and observing, one experiences a meditative moment when time is measured by the dropping water level.
This interview was filmed in Terrace during a painting and drawing workshop tour of Terrace, Smithers and Kitimat.
“Artist and Teacher Sheila Karrow has a strong passion for creating art. On tonight’s Open Connection Sarah Komadina has the chance to meet with Karrow at the Terrace Art Gallery.”
At the moment of insight, everything is possible. This is the moment of creation, a space of becoming.
“Our Future” is a political image intended to raise awareness around the environmental impacts of oil shipping along the coast of British Columbia. This watercolour image is a cautionary narrative reminding us that our children’s future and the state of the natural world are fragile and at risk. This painting was part of the Art for an Oil Free Coast fundraiser and travelling show.
“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.