Sharon Christian, Artist




Behind the Animals Series

Sharon was always close to nature, having grown up on a farm. But her enjoyment of nature stemed from a life long study of animals - be they large  Draft Horses or the smallest Birds.

The Draft Horses Series range from being comparatively realistic to abstract, and were a series that followed Sharon throughout her life, as she portrayed these animals from when they helped open up our country, to their role in today's society being loved and appreciated for their strength and enjoyment of hard work. Thiere were two one person shows within the 155 draft horse paintings, "Power and Grace" at the Wallace Galleries and "The Long Ride" at the Leighton Centre.

Birds were an abiding passion for Sharon, as anyone who knew her came to understand. They provided infinite enjoyment during a walk in the forest, before and after a day's painting. They also provided inspiration for many large and small abstract paintings depicting their place in our world.

Only those who have attended a country fair would appreciate the fun that local children have in competing in the  "Best Dressed Cow" contest.

While residing in Calgary during the dotcom boom of the 1990's, Sharon saw an intrinsic link between the bulls that were so much a part of that prairie town, and the stock market bulls in the spiraling market. The result was the abstract  Riding the Bull series.

One of Sharon's last series "West Van Crows” is a culmination of observing and getting to know them for a period of over 20 years. Sharon's fascination of crows began when she encountered "Little Scruffy", a baby crow that was caught in a cold storm in West Vancouver. Next to him was his mother, an old crow who rested in a big pine for years beforeit was cut down.

"I learned that a family group of up to fifteen crows lived in “their” territory. It was the beginning of a relationship with crows that was going to go both ways and be full of surprises. They have been a delightful subject- fun to paint because of their individual characters and expressiveness."