Shae Salmon is best known for combining her life long passion for photography with mixed media painting. Starting with a base of textural layers and translucent colours, her acrylic paints create abstract impressions of the natural landscape - sea, sky, and forest. Atop these backgrounds, she transfers her photographic images of birds & trees.
In the encounter between these distinct mediums, Shae's pieces mark a fresh approach to landscape portraiture. Her canvases evoke a West Coast contemporary sensibility, which is merged with a more classical rendering of wildlife. This combination of techniques reframes the way we imagine scenery, playing with our expectations. Reflecting on the freedom of birds in flight, she says she loves "the idea of removing birds from the everyday and placing them in the beautiful, abstract backgrounds I create for them." It's this unusual revision of nature that makes Shae's artwork such a unique combination of worlds - not just of living things and their habitat, but of photography and paint.
Originally from Saskatchewan, Shae started her artistic career by completing a BFA in Film Production from the University of Regina. She moved to BC and has worked in the local film industry for over twenty years. As a mixed media artist, she has continued her studies in photography, design, colour theory, mixed media techniques and painting through BCIT, Capilano University and local workshops.
Living in North Vancouver, BC, Shae is an Active Member of the Federation of Canadian Artists, THRIVE mastermind group and the North Shore Artists' Guild, where she has served on the board as Exhibitions Director. Her art can be found at retail outlets Willow & Wallflower & Blue, as well as at such shows as Vancouver Fall Home Show, Make It Vancouver, and the Harmony Arts Festival.
Shae is is co-owner of 3 Brushes Studio with artists Maureen Coles & Danyne Johnston. Located right in the artistic hub of the North Shore, 3 Brushes Studio is a bright space that radiates lots of creative energy and a supportive atmosphere. A working artists' studio, 3 Brushes Studio offers private classes, group painting, workshops and studio rental space. Clients are welcome to arrange a studio visit or an online purchase.
North Shore Artists' Guild
Thrive Mastermind Group
Federation Of Canadian Artists - Active Member
North Vancouver Community Arts Council
1191 3rd Street West (Pemberton & 3rd St.)
North Vancouver, BC
*Studio visits by appointment