Sara Sniderhan

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.

1998-2002 Angel Studios (currently known as the Academy of Realist Art)
1993-1996 Dundas Valley School of Art

2012 …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
2009 The Figure in Landscape:A Group Exhibition. Loch Gallery, Calgary

2013 Certificate of Excellence, Portrait Society of America- Annual International Portrait Competition
2012 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.