David Sharpe A.C.A
David Sharpe has been painting for over 20 years.
He is influenced by the American, British and Russian Impressionist Painters, and has a special affinity for the American Tonalist School of Charles Warren Eaton.
Seeing nature’s colours more subtlety than intensely, David says this about his work:
“There’s no big complicated ‘idea’ behind my work. It’s just all about the light. Seeing it, feeling it and trying to capture it as I see it around me. Compositions with a simple strong design that capture a ‘sense of place’ also attract me. If my work strikes the same visual and emotional chord in a viewer that it did in me when I painted it, if it can make that viewer see and appreciate a small corner of this fragile planet that they hadn’t noticed before, then I’ve succeeded as a painter.”
An Honours graduate in illustration from the Alberta College of Art and Design, he has taught Drawing and Design at The Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCADU), Concordia University, and Capilano College in Vancouver. He has lectured extensively at Queens University, St Lawrence College and Humber College where he sat on the College’s Advisory Board. He also has taught plein air painting and drawing for the landscape through Gallery Stratford. His work has won numerous awards at plein air events and exhibitions and is held in private collections in Canada and the USA.
He is also a founding member of the Ontario Plein Air Society (OPAS).
He lives and works in Stratford, Ontario and also from a studio in the Alberta foothills near the ranching town of Cochrane Alberta. His work is represented by Village Studios in Stratford(Ontario)Circle Arts in Tobermory(Ontario), Edge Gallery(Calgary) and Elevation Gallery (Canmore) Alberta.
He will be teaching a 3 day workshop- 'Painting The Emotional Landscape'- from August 3-5 at the beautiful Franciscan Life Centre in Lowell Michigan in the summer of 2017.