Painting the Spirit of the Canadian Landscape

A Brief Bio

Sandra Harris was born in North Vancouver, British Columbia in 1983. She spent her childhood playing team sports, re-drawing comic book illustrations, and exploring the rugged shorelines and forested mountains of the west coast with her family and friends.

The subject matter of her paintings primarily deals with western Canada’s natural landscapes. Created with acrylic paints on canvas, she works from imagery she has collected herself of places that she has physically experienced via sea kayaking or on foot. Thus, the goal of her work is to relate the vibrancy of these landscapes to the viewer.

She received her Bachelor Of Fine Arts Degree With Distinction from the University of Victoria in 2007. Sandra currently lives and works in North Vancouver, Canada.

Points of Distinction:

2007 Bachelor Of Fine Arts Degree With Distinction awarded by the University of Victoria
2004 Certificate Of Multimedia awarded by UBC Continuing Studies partnered with Emily Carr
2003 Community Art Project - Designed and installed sea life themed tile mosaic in the Lonsdale Quay fountain, N. Vancouver with
    other young artists.
2003 Diploma Of Visual Arts awarded by Langara College

More About The Artist...

Sandra paints from photographs that she has collected herself of scenes that she has physically been in and experienced. Thus, her paintings convey a sense of authenticity. And the viewer can feel it for themselves in the energy, the colour, and the movement to be found in each of her paintings.

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Above (left): A photograph taken on the water in between paddle strokes while sea kayaking along the southern shore of Englefield Bay on the west coast of the Haida Gwaii. Above (right): The painting "On The Waters Of Englefield Bay - Westcoast Of The Haida Gwaii" created from the combination the memory and photographic reference of physically paddling through this scene.

As a painter Sandra is largely influenced by the works of Tom Thomson and Emily Carr, as well as the Group of Seven. Her strength in art and the skill set required to create it is thanks in a large part to her initial interest in drawing, which she accredits to the uncountable hours spent replicating the comic book illustrations of Roger Cruz in her adolescence.

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Above: Various drawings taken directly from Sandra's sketch book. The influence on Sandra's drawing style from comic books is obvious, as is her love of sport. She enjoys creating her own graffiti / comic book looking characters and stories in her free time.

Beyond the juxtaposition of art and sport, Sandra has an avid interest in the psychology of C. G. Jung, and has read, listened to, or watched every lecture recorded of Joseph Campbell to satiate her interest in comparative mythology and understanding how exactly it relates to her own work.

Sandra attended Langara College from 2001 to 2003 where she was a member of the women’s basketball team while enrolled in the two-year fine arts program. She graduated with a Diploma of Visual Arts and immediately became involved with a six-month government funded public art program where she and other young artists designed, created, and installed the sea life themed tile mosaic in North Vancouver’s Lonsdale Quay fountain. After the program came to a close she completed a Certificate of Multimedia from UBC Continuing Studies partnered with Emily Carr. In 2005 Sandra returned to her artistic roots enrolling in the visual arts program at the University of Victoria. She graduated with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts With Distinction in 2007. Currently Sandra paints full-time and is represented by galleries in BC as well as Ontario.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions:

(phone) 604-992-6588


(studio) North Vancouver, BC, Canada