About the Artists:
From early childhood Sara Jane’s family frequently traveled south, instilling in her a passion for the American coastline that is evident in her vibrantly rendered paintings of all things coastal. She continues to travel to the United States as often as possible in order to find inspiration from the beauty of the coastal areas. Her work ranges from traditional representational to contemporary realism and reflects her interest in the natural world and celebrates the transformations that occur within it. Her paintings often include subject matter that would not be the same without the natural aging process, from the chipped paint on an antique to worn down seashells.
Doberstein translates her coastal, still lifes and figurative subjects with a strong and vivid pallet. Exploring the changing effects of light, often with long dramatic shadows, she brings to life unforgettable closeups of handfuls of shells, broken and worn by the sea, scampering seabirds, dare-devil crustaceans & romantic boats – skillfully conveying the warmth of the sun, the clanging of the riggings and the smell of salt air.
Sara Jane is a member of the Oil Painters of America, International Guild of Realism, and American Women Artists. Her work has been included in many prominent juried exhibitions across N. America and has won a number of awards, including an Award of Excellence at the OPA 14th Annual National Juried Exhibition. In 2006 she was chosen for Southwest Art magazines annual 21 under 31 article “The Next Generation” as well as “Start your collection” in their September 2006 emerging artist issue. Her work has been featured in noted publications such as American Art Collector and International Artist, with her work gracing the cover of the latter in June 2010.
Sara Jane Doberstein has spent the majority of her life in Owen Sound, Ontario on beautiful Georgian Bay. She moved to British Columbia in 1996 to begin her art education at the Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design, and has been a full time artist since 2000.
Mary Alice Monroe's second book in the Summer Girls trilogy, The Summer Wind, is the inspiration for this group show of paintings by a few of our summer girls!
June 3 - June 21, 2014
December 6, 2013 - January 31, 2014
New Coastal Paintings by Sara Jane Doberstein
October 5 - October 30, 2012