Born in 1950, Sharon Christian was raised on the family farm near Innisfail, Alberta. Her great love of nature, including all of the wild creatures and tame farm animals, began there on the farm and by the Medicine Rriver which flows through it.
Sharon's art was a passion since early childhood, with her talent being first confirmed by a commission while in grade five for twenty-five cents. After completing her degree in 1971 at the University of Calgary, she taught junior high school art at H.D. Cartwright for the Calgary Public School Board from 1971 to 1977.
Sharon always found certain subjects captivating such that she wanted to paint an entire series of paintings in order to fully capture the subject. They primarily captured her impressions of the country and the farm as she saw them in their historical sense after moving to the city to attend university. It was at this time that Sharon committed to a full time painting career, and was the youngest member admitted to the Canadian Society of Painters in WaterColour. She also became a member of the Alberta Society of Artists (a jury by peers). Her early work was seen mostly in the Masters and the Wallace Galleries in Calgary. Throughout her career, she has had her work selected in numerous competitions. Some examples were being selected by Avon twice for their corporate Christmas Card, and having art selected by the Alberta Art Foundation, and other company awards such as Crown Life.
She lived in Boulder, Colorado and Whistler, B.C. then settling in West Vancouver in 1985 and lastly in Chilliwack, BC. This diversity coupled with trips throughout the U.S. and Europe to see the Old Masters art, gave her a more universal idea of art.
Sharon continued to paint full time since 1977, showing works in public and commercial galleries from Quebec to Vancouver. Sharon had fifteen solo shows, numerous two and three person shows; and was included in numerous group shows, having recorded over 2,000 original paintings and sculptures. Sharon also wrote and self-published “The Thin Wolf Without the Collar” re-named “A Life's Journey of Art” - a philosophical book about art, which can be read here.
Few people can say that they have been painted for their entire lives. Fewer still to painting on a full time basis for over 38 years, with more than 2000 paintings, most of them sold, to attest to that fact.
"In 1976, Sharon made the decision that she needed to be able to devote the best hours of her day to painting, and so began a full time commitment. She painted contemporary life as she saw it, and lived through it, and that appreciation for life, people, animals large and small, as well as nature are fundamental to her beliefs and enjoyment of painting. Sharon always believed in the freedom to choose the medium, style, and size, to best represent the subject matter that she was concentrating on at that point in time. Those that have come close to her art, see the common thread throughout it, regardless of approach.Sharon had many shows throughout the years - solo and group, in public and private galleries, as well as a regular show in her home. Sharon's work was selected by many corporations as well as individuals, and has been validated through resale in respected art auctions. Until the early 1980's Sharon painted under her married name at the time, Sharon Holmes.
"For me, art is a communication about the world as I see it ... my paintings represent me, who I am, and how I think”.