About the artist...
Sharon Clarke Haugli
Sharon is a Canadian artist with roots in Vancouver, BC and the Okanagan’s lake and wine country region. The inspiration for her work is a compilation of influences from the various places she has lived as well as her outdoor interests and view of the world. She has 4 main bodies of work: her Beach Treasure Inspired collection - see slideshow 1, Florals (which she is best known for), Stylized florals (slideshow 3), and her Birds, Woodlands, Landscapes and Seascapes (slideshow 4).
Sharon spent most of her life seaside in Vancouver and Vancouver Island growing up and spent many summers holidaying on the lakes and beaches of the Okanagan. It seems only natural that she continues to be inspired by her time on the beach. Over the past few years she has developed a unique body of work inspired by the beach treasure she collects with her family and friends. Sharon is above all, a lover of flowers and is most well known for her large scale floral work which over the years has morphed back and forth from stylized and almost graphic to loose and flowing contemporary representation of this beloved subject matter. A hiker, nature enthusiast and amateur bird watcher, she includes these themes in a collection she refers to as "Birds, Woodlands, landscape and Seascapes".
In terms of process, Sharon utilizes a combination of memory, intuition, real inspiration and objects as well as her photos to create the image she wants. Her latest series of paintings is titled "Yearnings" and each piece is meant to evoke a certain feeling or state that seems elusive or fleeting. Her intention is to create an image that brings up the desired feelings or states we long for and to guide us back to how we want to be when other states and feelings take over.
Sharon graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Emily Carr University in 1998 and has shown at galleries in Vancouver, Kelowna, Penticton and Calgary. Details of gallery representation are available on the Artist CV page.
The slideshows below include the following series:
1. "Beach Treasure"
3. "Stylized Florals"
4. "Birds, Woodlands, Landscape and Seascapes"
Feel free to contact me with feedback or inquiries at the bottom of this page or contact me directly at 250-863-4164. Let me know if you have an idea for a special commission that you would like me to consider. Thank you for your interest in my work!