sharolyn's pet portraits

one of a kind pet portraits

About the Artist

Thank you for visiting my website. I am always excited when someone takes a moment to look at my work.

A little bit about me:

I’ve been creating art in one form or another all my life, due in no small part to my sister who has been my greatest inspiration, mentor and cheerleader (see our sister blog: www.vieveandlynsker.wordpress.com and www.genevievetownsend.com) . My medium of choice was initially colour pencil or pencil on paper. In high school I was introduced to acrylic paint and canvas and a whole new world opened up to me. Determined to hone my craft I attended the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto, Canada and then moved on to the Nova Scotia College of Art to finish my degree…but in photography. I had been slightly side-tracked by my varying interests. However, my love of painting never died and I soon returned to it, whilst still using my knowledge of photography to enhance and support my work. My choice of subject has been varying but one form, that of non-traditional pet portraiture, has really captured me. For the past several years I’ve devoted most of my energy to pet portraits. What appeals to me are the characters I see in each animal, how individual and expressive they are. I enjoy the challenge of rendering their personalities accurately. On an aesthetic level they also draw me in with the appealing nature of their  form and the negative space around them. My subject matter is all around me and so I am continually inspired!

You can see some of the other work that I do at www.sharolyntownsend.com

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