Sherron Fairbairn

A local artist at the 2017 Art in the City

I wasted too many years and found many excuses to not be an artist. Today, I pursue my art because there is something inside of me that needs to come out.

Fully embracing one’s affinity for art isn’t always easy, and it was no different for Sherron. As a child, she fell in love with drawing, and at 10-years-old, had her first lesson in oil painting. Influenced by the amazing colour and artistry of Walt Disney Classics, art was always a part of her life. Then in 8th grade, the art program at her school was cancelled, which discouraged her from the path of artmaking. For many years after, Sherron found one reason or another to not pursue her passion of painting. Eventually she could no longer contain her need to create and be creative, and has been making art ever since.

Springing from her first oil painting, Sherron continued to experiment with mediums like watercolour and photography in her college years, and then began her path in charcoal in her thirties. Recently, she has transitioned into acrylic and Plein Air painting, continuing to enjoy her passion and freedom in fine arts. Sherron appreciates versatility, so it’s no wonder she enjoys the flexibility of interchanging between paint, print, and pixel.

Often, something will catch Sherron’s attention: a shape, a colour, a reflection, or the mere beauty of nature. Within these small moments, Sherron will become inspired to experiment with this new find by grabbing her camera or brush and let her creativity do the rest. She enjoys the ability to tell a story without words, whether that is through photography, acrylic painting, or even mixed media. Depending on the effect she wants to express, she’ll approach each piece with varying techniques. For instance, one artwork may be made with strict discipline and control, while another may be more gestural or spiritual, relying on impulsive brushstrokes and choice of colour.

One of the main reasons why Sherron establishes her art in Surrey is due to the city’s close proximity to the ocean. Sherron’s recent artworks mostly portray waterfront landscapes and reflection of the waters of South Surrey and White Rock. In Sherron’s words, “with the natural beauty of the Peninsula and the opportunities that Surrey offers its artists, it’s easy to see the ways Surrey encourages their local artists.”

Sherron will be participating in Art in the City, a two-day self-guided tour on September 30 and October 1 around 8 Surrey locations housing 29 artists displaying their work! Click here for full event details