Take a Peak: Sabrina Upton

Wildlife and whimsy inspire Powell River artist

Wildlife and landscape painter Sabrina Upton grew up on a large acreage surrounded by wilderness in the northern interior of British Columbia. She was fascinated by the outdoors and its richness in life, from mosses to mammals, and started painting as a child with guidance from her mother. Upton moved to Powell River from Prince George 10 years ago and lives here with her husband, son, dog and goats.

Can you describe what you do and the type of art you create?

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My main talent is creating wildlife paintings using wet palette acrylics that are beautiful, realistic representations of our rich Canadian wilderness. I also sculpt in clay, do decorative painting on handcrafted woodworks and enjoy doing multimedia whimsical paintings with an element of realism.

How and when did you first get into art?

I began painting at a young age with my mother, who is a watercolour painter. 

Who or what first inspired you as an artist?

I found inspiration growingup in the northern interior on a remote property where I fell in love with the wild. Nature contains the most fascinating creations in all sizes from the tiniest stone to the tallest tree.

What is your background and training?

I am self-taught.

What else do you do for work?

I also offer art classes and art party packages out of my home business: Gumboots Studio.

Where can people find your work?

My wildlife paintings are displayed at Turadh Fine Art gallery in the Townsite market. All works can be viewed on my website gumbootsstudio.com. People can contact me directly for custom orders. 

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