I grew up in India and moved to Canada in my early 20’s. After settling in Victoria I worked at a variety of jobs. As a cook I found I had a flare for putting together flavors and textures. I also enjoyed creating through gardening and photography – capturing life from many different angles. While working and pursuing these hobbies, I also became a registered nurse.
As a young child I was always interested in art, but never had a chance to paint. In 2005 I took my first art class and was surprised how much I enjoyed watercolours. What started as a hobby has developed into a passion.
The watercolour medium is unforgiving and complex. But there also is a softness that creates a mood that is both powerful and understated at the same time. I believe composition is the most important part of a painting. I try to capture the essence of the subject using strong tonal values along with bright colours to achieve balance. The act of painting is unpredictable and at the same time exciting. It happens quickly under the brush and transforms itself as I focus. I see life from new perspectives taking on many forms, colours and shapes.
My work portrays daily life in busy street scenes, seascapes with haze and mist, and rural landscapes. Most important to me is to approach my subject in a fearless manner and use looseness to portray its movement. I am particularly thrilled when my painting tells a story and a viewer connects with the scene saying how for them it evokes a memory, a thought or emotion.
-CBC interview with Sheryl Mackay on North by Northwest, Feb 2013.
-Fall Show, Federation of Canadian Artist, Award of excellence, Victoria, 2012
-Sidney Fine Arts (juried), Juror’s choice award, Sidney, BC, 2012
-Sooke Fine Arts (juried), Sooke BC, July 2012
-Accepted in NWWS 72nd Annual International Art show (juried), Seattle, Washington, USA, April 2012
-Received signature membership with Federation of Canadian artist (FCA), March 2012.
-Camberwell Rotary Art Show (Juried), Melbourne, Australia, March 2012
-CBC Interview with Sheryl Mackay on North by Northwest, Oct, 2011
-Sidney fine art show (juried), Sidney BC, Received, Best in Show Award, Oct, 2011
-Fall Show, Victoria Chapter of Federation of Canadian Artists (Juried) Received Honorable mention Award, Oct 2011,
– Annual International Representational Show (Juried), Vancouver, BC, Oct, 2011
-Sooke Fine Arts Show (juried), Sooke BC, July 2011
-Open Juried Show, Thompson Nicola Shuswap Chapter of FCA, Kamploops, BC, 17 April, 2011,
-Spring Show, Victoria Chapter of Federation of Canadian Artists, Victoria, BC. Received, Award of Excellence Award, March 2011
-Sidney fine art show, Sidney BC, Oct 2010,
– Fall Show, Victoria Chapter of Federation of Canadian Artists, Victoria, BC. Oct, 2010,
-Annual International Representational Show, Vancouver, BC, Oct 2010
-Sooke Fine Arts show (juried), Sooke BC, July 2010
Article by Michael Amos: “Cardiac Nurse finds his Artistic Heart” in Times Colonist.