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Friday, November 27th, 2020

Tom Shardlow's work, described as bold and unsentimental contemporary impressionism, portrays BC’s untrammeled locations. His paintings have been exhibited in over 60 juried exhibitions and have won multiple awards. His works have been acquired by a major private collection lending to the National Gallery in Ottawa and will be included in a University of BC collection. Shardlow, a life-long BC resident, studied at the Vancouver School of Art in the late 1960’s before graduating from UBC to research fish and wildlife. His travels as a biologist inspired him to document on canvas and paper many of BC’s wild and rugged landscapes.

Shardlow’s artwork was recognized early receiving awards and media attention in High School. He later studied at the Vancouver School of Art (now Emily Carr School of Art and Design) before working in advertising doing art layouts and copy writing. After graduating from UBC, Tom worked as a field research biologist where he was fortunate to have traveled to many of British Columbia’s wild places. These travels inspired him to document on canvas and paper what he saw and felt.

His drawings and illustrations have appeared in book form, magazines, and newspapers, and he completed a series of commissioned drawings for Fitzhenry and Whiteside publishers. Recent paintings can be viewed on his website (

He is an elected member of the Society of Canadian Artists (SCA), a Signature member of the Federation of Canadian Artists (AFCA), and Past FCA Chapter President. Tom lives with his wife, Sue, on Vancouver Island.

“My works are based on my love of the wilderness. I see nature not only as beautiful and nurturing, but also as remorseless and uncompromising. I convey this dichotomy in an unsentimental way in my landscapes. Compositional elements take priority over representational concerns as I try to engage the viewer and portray the landscapes shifting temperaments.”

Cost: Free Event
Category: Arts | Entertainment
    Gallery | Exhibition
Location: MacMillan Art Centre
133 MacMillan Street, Parksville
This event is for Everyone
More Info: Tom Shardlow
[email protected]
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