Sharon Malayko


May 31, 2021

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Sharon Malayko explores the natural world through her dynamic use of bright color and expressive mark making of richly layered fluid acrylic paint. Born in Edmonton she studied Painting and Drawing at the Alberta College of Art and Design. Many summers were spent in the National Parks, which influenced her appreciation for the wilderness. From a early age her paintings and her process of painting reminiscence in memory reflects her spirituality that nature should be valued and protected. My paintings evoke a sense of time and space that are both representational, or not, with abstract qualities of the natural world. Working directly on canvas without any intermediary or preparatory steps, layering and moving the paint until an image presents itself. When starting a new piece it is not about representing the landscape as it is but about creating a mood and spirituality of a feeling based in nature but drawing from memory of a time and place. Through a series of subconscious lines, the painting emerges in directional elements of space. This abstracts a poetic series of brush strokes that merges and moves to imitate the rhythmic movement and colors in nature. The natural world provides us with an amazing array of images, which we can choose to portray. Painting for over twenty years her work can be found in many private collections in Alberta.