David Sharpe A.C.A
I'm influenced by the American, British and Russian Impressionist Painters, with a special affinity for the American Tonalists of the 20th Century.
Seeing nature’s colours more subtlety than intensely, I say this this about my work:
“There’s no big complicated ‘idea’ behind it. 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 maybe hadn’t noticed before, then I’ve succeeded as a painter.”
An Honours graduate in illustration from the Alberta College of Art and Design, I've taught Drawing and Design at The Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCADU), Concordia University, and Capilano College in Vancouver. I've lectured extensively at Queens University, St Lawrence College and Humber College where I sat on the College’s Advisory Board. I've also taught Plein Air Painting for Beginners and Drawing for the Landscape through Gallery Stratford. My work has won numerous awards at plein air events and exhibitions and is actively collected in Canada and the USA.
I recently started experimenting in the very different and exciting abstract expressionist area of personal expression-some works of which you can see in my Gallery here.
I'm also a founding member of the Ontario Plein Air Society (OPAS).
I live and work in the beautiful town of Stratford, in SW Ontario about 2 hours west of Toronto and also from a studio in the Alberta foothills near the ranching town of Cochrane Alberta. My work is represented by Village Studios in Stratford(Ontario)Circle Arts in Tobermory(Ontario) and Elevation Gallery (Canmore) Alberta. My new abstracted work is represented by Shane Norrie Contemporary Gallery in Stratford, Ontario Canada.
I recently taught a 3 day workshop- 'Painting The Emotional Landscape'- from August 3-5 at the beautiful Franciscan Life Centre in Lowell Michigan.
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