Shania Hardie is a self-taught, Toronto based artist who turned her passion into a business.
In Her Own Words…
I have always loved creating. Growing up on a lake with few children around, I often had to entertain myself with drawing, playing with blocks, and in the winter, creating snow sculptures and forts. I loved starting with a blank canvas and creating something.
Despite my love and passion for creating, the pursuit of the infamous ‘starving artist’ was not appealing to my 18 year old self. Instead, I found myself pursuing a bachelor of commerce and jumping into the world of business. Aside from the occasional doodling in meetings, I focused all my attention on my business career.
I enjoyed my job but could feel that something was missing from my life. One day, I found myself wandering around an artist supply shop. I picked up some canvas and paints, took them home and just let myself get lost in the colours. I lost track of time, painting late into the night. This was what I had been missing!
Eventually, I built up the courage to begin sharing my creations via social media. It was a tough step to being sharing so publicly however, I was blown away by the support and interest…and then requests to purchase. What began as an outlet to bring joy back into my life, soon turned into a spark of an idea that I could develop my unique style and make art my career.
I’m a huge advocate of doing what you love, and I finally took my own advice. I love being able to bring energy and inspiration to people through my art. The rewarding experience of working with clients to create a piece that they will love and value as part of their collection propels me to keep moving forward.
Shaina’s original pieces are available online, through selected galleries, and by commission. Book a no-obligation consultation with Shaina to discuss a piece for your collection.
Nature’s Wonderland: Seeing, Feeling, Being, Kefi Art Gallery, Virtual Exhibition
From Women’s Eye, Kefi Art Gallery, Virtual Exhibition
Earth Art, Arta Gallery, Toronto ON
Modes of Being, Arta Gallery, Toronto ON
Solo Show: Waves, The Studio Paint Bar, Port Credit ON
Curator on the Go Podcast, Episode 34 – Interview with Shaina Hardie