Mom by day and artist by night, Canadian realist painter Sarah McKendry first picked up a paintbrush in 2008 and hasn’t looked back. The talented self-taught artist creates beautiful landscape paintings that capture the dark, misty forests and majestic mountain scenes of British Columbia.
Scrolling through McKendry's online portfolio, it's hard to believe that each piece is rendered in oil paint. The works look just like a photograph and are full of soft, realistic details. Each canvas entices the viewer to have a closer look and appreciate the still tranquility of the scene, almost like being in nature itself. This is by design. “My landscapes are extensions of distant memories,” McKendry explains, “and I try to paint them so that one can almost feel the fresh air as it drifts off of the piece.”
In the time since McKendry began painting, she has now turned her passion into a career. “It is such an incredible feeling being able to paint as a full-time profession,” she says, “and having it weave itself so effortlessly into the fabric of raising our two young boys is something that I am beyond grateful for.”
If you want to learn to paint like McKendry, you can sign up for her Skillshare classes where she’ll guide you through the fundamentals of the oil medium. “I am so incredibly excited to be sharing every single ounce of wisdom that I have learned over the past eleven years of my creative journey with each and every one of you,” the artist explains. “This medium is pure magic, and I can’t wait for you to fall in love with it the same way that I have!”