Sniderhan, Sara

  • Home:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Title:
    Algonquin Bride (self-portrait)
  • Media:
    Oil on wood panel / huile sur panneau de bois
  • Dimensions:
    152.5 x 117 cm

I have created several self- portraits throughout my career. However, Algonquin Bride reveals the most. I stand on the diving platform, on our dock, at our cabin, deeply engrossed in the landscape, on the north- western boarder of Algonquin Park. I am wearing my wedding dress, remembering all that was and dreaming of what may be.

I fell in love with my husband, myself and my country, in Algonquin Park. Those lakes, trees, animals, winds, springs and soil grabbed me and made me a part of it all. That area feels like my ancient home- my birthplace, wedding place, place of child conception and growing. I tried my very hardest to paint the quality of light and life that exists in that corner of our country. I also attempted to show the monumental impact it has on me.

I chose to depict my self looking at my environment rather than looking directly at the viewer. I wanted to give the viewer ample space to enter my world and freely look at me in it.



Angel Studios (currently known as the Academy of Realist Art)


Dundas Valley School of Art



…get back home: Solo Exhibition. Ingram Gallery,Toronto November

August 2011

Salmagundi Art Club Annual Juried Exhibition, New York City

May 2011

My Name Is: Solo Exhibition. Ingram Gallery

February 2010

Owles+ Sniderhan+ Berman: 3 Man Exhibition. Ingram Gallery

January 2009

Best of Contemporaries: A Group Exhibition. Loch Gallery, Toronto


The Figure in Landscape:A Group Exhibition. Loch Gallery, Calgary



Certificate of Excellence, Portrait Society of America- Annual International Portrait Competition


Scholarship winner, American Artists Magazine- to attend their annual Weekend With the Masters, San Diego

In October 2009 I was featured in Season 1 of Star Portraits on Bravo! My painting of Enrico Colantoni was chosen to become part of the Nation Portrait Gallery of Canada’s permanent collection.

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