Sharon Quirke BA MA

Sharon Quirke is committed to exploring the lands and waters of her vast Canadian home – from the Pacific to the Atlantic. Her work is inspired by nature as it interfaces with our daily lives.

In bold and dramatic style, Sharon Quirke’s latest work captures the spirit of rugged adventure in the Pacific Northwest. Workboats ply the waters of Burrard Inlet, sailboats head into the breezes of the Strait of Georgia, dinghies rock with the tide in Deep Cove.

In all her work, Sharon finds a timeless moment to capture. Seascapes, landscapes, florals or cityscapes, all present images, colors, and emotions layered on canvases that move with fluidity, fresh air and the unexpected sensations of light.

From New York City to Yellowknife, Sharon’s vibrant work is represented. She has shown in the Chelsea District to commemorate the 9/11; she has shown in the Northwest Territories to celebrate the Millenium and the birth of Nunavut. Her paintings have been collected by numerous private and corporate clients in Canada and the USA. Locally, work is installed in the Fairmont Waterfront, BC College of Physicians and Surgeons, False Creek’s 1000 Beach, Boffo Development Ltd, Houle Electric, UBC’s Purdy & Koerner Pavilions, DBM Canada, and a variety of exclusive B.C. resorts and residences, including Sonora’s exclusive Sea Lion Resort. 

Sharon’s Vancouver gallery, ArtWorks, is her home base, and continues to host extraordinary promotions and shows. Recent reviews have been published by Preview, Artway.eu, North Shore News and the Celtic Connection. Whistler’s acclaimed White Dog Gallery has made an exciting launch of her work in the last 18 months. 

Sharon is actively involved in community art projects, including Vancouver street parties and Art Walks, Harmony Arts Festivals, and North Shore Arts Commission initiatives. She founded the Pissarro School of Art and has enjoyed the challenges and joys of teaching many students of all ages for more than thirty years. 

Sharon Quirke was born in Vancouver, grew up on the Canadian north coast in Prince Rupert, and on the American east coast in New York City. After completing a BA at UBC and a Teacher’s Certificate at SFU, she taught in B.C.’s Okanagan Valley. She then studied in Montreal with artists Irene Whittome, Guido Molinari and Charles Gagnon. She completed an MA in Art Education while teaching at Concordia University. In the early 80’s she returned to Vancouver’s lower mainland and began her painting career. West Vancouver has been her home since 1984. She and her husband have raised three sons on the North Shore, and the natural and cultural backdrop of the mountains and community have served as inspiration for her painting and teaching.

This website is dedicated to my mother, Florence (“Shorts”) Jeanette Thompson Arnold, who always believed in art in all of its forms.

I want to thank my family and friends for their support. My husband and three boys add humor and perspective to each day. My cousin, Tia, provides essential critique for the work and valued friendship for life.  Thanks to my brothers and their families, my father and his wife, Shelley and Brian Vetter, Marion and Matt Foxall, Brenda and Bruce Maclean, Meghan Macleod, Kim and Andrew Allan, Annie and Alan, Penny and Evelyn, Nancy, the “garden girls”,  and numerous others who are friends and colleagues in life and art. Thank-you to master craftsmen, Ian and Jim Thomson, who build and frame my stretchers.

Thank-you to Deanna and ArtWorks Gallery for their enduring support in Vancouver, Heather and the Effusion Gallery for tapping into the Columbia River/Rockies market, and to Penny at the White Dog Gallery for an exciting launch in the Whistler area. Finally, “Brava” to Pamela Rounis for her expertise and time in putting this website together.