For Sharon, being able to witness such natural beauty and capture images of extraordinary wildlife is a privilege. Her goal is to bring these images to everyone, with the hope of encouraging all people to reconnect, protect, and show respect for the Earth’s wild places.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Sharon Kay is a photographer and painter who specializes in capturing and sharing images of British Columbia’s wildlife.
Initially, Sharon set off to pursue a life as a biologist and completed her undergraduate degree in marine biology at the University of British Columbia. She worked as a researcher studying marine ecology and the intertidal ecosystem. During her years at school she worked her summers as a whale watching guide. Her years as a whale watching guide introduced her to wildlife photography and her job became a platform for her art. After her degree and experience working as a researcher, Sharon decided to become a full time wildlife guide and expand her career working on the water. After years of collecting photographs from her encounters, she began to develop her technique for capturing artistic images of wildlife. Using her photographs as inspiration, she began to recreate these wildlife encounters with acrylic paintings. Her goal is to bring her art into people’s lives, with the hope of encouraging all of us to reconnect, protect, and show respect for Earth’s wild places. After a few years away from academia, Sharon has found a way to marry her worlds of art, education, and research by working running her art business, Sharon Kay Art, guiding in ecotourism, and working as a whale research technician.