Shari-Anne Vis was born in British Columbia and currently lives and works in Vancouver, BC. She completed a Liberal Arts Diploma with a focus on Painting, Literature and Psychology at the University of the Fraser Valley and went on to complete a BFA in Drawing and Painting at OCAD University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. 

Since becoming a mother to three sons, her practice has evolved to include illustration as well as painting. Her work is an investigation of the space we hold for one another and for ourselves and what it means to belong.  Looking to the trees and mountains and rivers that surround her, she explores the natural world in her paintings as a metaphor for the tendernesses and fragility we encounter in intimate familial relationships.  She recently completed a self directed Artist Residency in Motherhood investigating conceptually and aesthetically how the roles of artist and mother can intersect in meaningful ways. Shari-Anne has exhibited her work in Canada as well as internationally in the US, Italy and Germany.  


B. 1980, Matsqui, Canada


2001-2005       Ontario College of Art and Design, Bachelor of Fine Art

1998-2001       University College of the Fraser Valley, Liberal Arts Diploma


2022                Art in the Stacks, Allison Gallery, Regent College

2022                Surfacing, Solo Show, Hearth Gallery, Bowen Island

2021                Breathing House, Mana Contemporary, Chicago           

2021                Women In Art, Online Exhibition, Abbotsford Arts Council

2020                Hope/Revolution, Stay Home Gallery, Paris, TN

2019                Abbotsford Art + Wine Walk, Solo Show, Refinery House, Fraser River Valley

2016                Coptic Icons, Solo Show, SOMA, Vancouver

2013                Papergirl Vancouver

2010                180 Show, Boulevard Café, Vancouver

2010                Twitter/Art + Social Media, Diane Farris Gallery, Vancouver

2009               Now The Trees Have All Grown Up, Solo Show. Little Mountain Gallery, Vancouver

2008               Square Foot Show, AWOL, Toronto

2007               Mezzanine, Grace Gallery, Toronto

                       Insomnia, Redhead Gallery, Nuit Blanche, Toronto

                       International Koloring Kollektiv, Galerie Shere8, Berlin, Germany

                       The Month of May, Eisenhauer & Sheree Plett, Musical Tour

                       Fearfully and Wonderfully Made, Solo Show, Katharine Mulherin’s Sideshow, Toronto

2006               South Riverdale Parent Child Centre Auction Fundraiser, Whodunit? Mystery Art Sale

                       Square Foot Show, AWOL Gallery, Ossington Ave.  Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Nathan Phillips Square

2005                Bodies of Water, Tempo, College Street

                        Nomansland, OCAD University Gallery

                        Square Foot Show, AWOL Gallery, Ossington Avenue

                        Grad Show, OCAD University, Toronto

                        Salon 401, 401 Richmond, Toronto

                        Freedomize India Fundraiser, Toronto

                        The Art of the Figure, OCAD University, Toronto

2004                St. Andrew’s Gallery Show, Toronto

                        Whodunit? Mystery Art Sale, OCAD University, Toronto

                        Holiday Show, String Gallery, Toronto

                        Slice, Xpace, Toronto

                        Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Toronto

                        Naked at the Car Wash and Painted Orange, OCAD University, Toronto

                        Arrivo:Partenza, Monstra Delle Belle Arti, Florence, Italy

2003                Studio Aperto, Monstra Delle Belle Art, Florence, Italy

                        St. James Church Gallery Show, Florence, Italy

                        Solo Show, Strung Out on Beads, Abbotsford, British Columbia

                        Whodunit? Mystery Art Sale, OCAD University, Toronto

                        The Women's Collective Art Show, OCAD University, Toronto

                        Good Friday Gallery Show, Toronto   


2016                Jesus Showed Us by Brad Jersak. Illustrations by Shari-Anne Vis. St Macrina Press 

2012                Times Two by Sheree Plett. Illustrations by Shari-Anne Vis. Fresh Wind Press


2013                Mama.Papa.Bubba Blog: Times Two Book Review

2013                This Great Society “Now The Trees Have All Grown Up

2012                CM Magazine: Times Two Book Review

2012                We Make Stuff, Volume 1

2009                This Great Society “Now The Trees Have All Grown Up (A Prelude)”

2009                Sad Mag “All Grown Up

2006                Eat Your Friends “Nice to Meet You”     


2005                Curry’s Art Store Prize           

2004                Marsh Urquhart Memorial Award

2002                Ferdinand H. Marani Award

Curatorial Projects

2012                Sand & Polish, The Moat Gallery, Vancouver