Sharon Bamber Fine ArtPainting the Living Landscape
Me, painting en plein air on Antelope Island, Utah
I’ve spent much of my adult life travelling and working throughout Europe, S.E. Asia and Australasia, until finally settling in British Columbia, Canada, with my husband Simon, in 2006. We officially became Canadian citizens in 2014. We live in the West Kootenays, BC in an off-grid straw bale house that we built (with help from family and friends – thanks!)
I grew up in the English countryside where I have great memories of walking in the woods and meadows with my parents, identifying native plants and animals. Because of this, I developed a deep passion for the natural world at a very early age.
This led to a degree in zoology and a master’s in landscape architecture, which combined my interest in ecology, animal behaviour and habitat restoration with design and scientific illustration.
This background, along with all my travel, now strongly informs my art. My artistic training includes mentoring by Master Pastellist Albert Handell, self directed study under Barry John Raybould MA and workshop study under Robert Bateman and Terry Isaac.
My work has won awards in both national and international juried exhibitions and is found in private and corporate collections in Canada, USA, France and the UK.
I am a signature member of the Artists for Conservation and the Federation of Canadian Artists and a juried member of the Society of Animal Artists.
Aaron Schuerr Award: Pastels USA International juried exhibition, 2017
Best Pastel: Mendocino Plein Air Paint-out 2017
Winner: Quick draw, Mendocino Plein Air Paint-out 2017
First Place: Animals & Wildlife Category, Pastel Journal’s International Pastel 100 Competition, 2016
Third Place: Animals & Wildlife Category, Pastel Journal’s International Pastel 100 Competition, 2015
Honourable Mentions: Animals & Wildlife Category, Pastel Journal’s International Pastel 100 Competition, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2015
Second Place: BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year International Art Competition, 2013
Finalist: BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year International Art Competition, 2013
Award of Excellence: Federation of Canadian Artists National Juried Exhibition, 2012
Bronze Award: Federation of Canadian Artists National Juried Exhibition, 2010
Award of Excellence: Federation of Canadian Artists National Juried Exhibition, 2009
About My Work
Tufted Trio, soft pastel painting of Tufted Puffins. Part of the Sounds of the Sea Collection.
The Core Story
“Our weakness in our appreciation of nature is the emphasis placed on scenery…Things are appreciated for size, unusuality and scarcity more than for their subtleties and emotional relationship to everyday life”
I paint Living Landscapes. By living in, observing and engaging with nature I look beyond the postcard to build a connection with the natural world around us. My work isn’t just about the grand scenery of untouched wildernesses, but about all places of nature undominated by man.
I’m inspired by the intimate: the way moss grows on a rock, the dance of a stream as it passes tangled banks, or a shared moment between an otter and her pups.
It’s at this smaller, more human scale, that I see and savour all of nature’s richness, complexity and subtlety. It’s here that I feel a sense of place and belonging, a warm relationship with the natural world.
It’s this intimacy that I seek to capture as it speaks of both the fleeting nature of the moment and the timelessness of our wild places.
Through the art that I create, my aim is to celebrate the intricate diversity of nature and to remind people that wild environments should be valued and enjoyed without damaging the lives of the other species that share them with us.
I believe that these ecosystems deserve respect and that through the colours, marks, shapes and gestures that I use to create my images, I can speak permanently and directly of our deepest connection with the natural world.
When one of my paintings hangs on your wall, I hope it acts as a reminder of the wonder, beauty and importance of nature and that we too are a part of it.
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