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About Art: Nature brought to life in local art show

Wildlife and nature artist Sandy Moser is one of three artists whose work is being featured in the 'Fin, Fur & Feather' show, running until May 9 at Visual Voice Fine Art Gallery in Truro.

Artist Sandy Moser gets up close and personal with a Siberian tiger. Moser's work is being featured in Fin, Fur and Feather, an art show in Truro.

Moser immerses herself in nature and from that experience creates art.

What's your background?

I am a self-taught artist who has taken many workshops in the past 15 years. I have studied with world-renowned artists Zoltan Szabo and Cheng- Khee Chee. I have studied wildlife art through a 12-month course from North Light Art School and I have also studied with wildlife artists Ron Decker and Derek Wicks.

Why do you make art?

I paint for my pleasure and fulfillment. I am driven to create images on canvas and paper. I want to capture a moment in time; a remembrance for history's sake of endangered and vulnerable species of the world. I want the viewer to be able to appreciate the beauty of these creatures and perhaps they will understand how important it is that each of us must do our part to try to preserve the environment for their habitat.

How do you work?

My wildlife art is very detailed so for most of my paintings I use canvas and I gesso it several times and sand it between coats. This gives me a smooth surface to create detail. I use Liquitex paints. They allow me to apply paint with a palette knife or I dilute the paints to create thin glazes.

I also paint wildlife scenes with pastels, and I use suede matboard for this medium. This allows me to use various layers to create detail. Another medium I use is scratchboard with an Exacto knife to carve the image.

What is your most important artist tool?

I use very small brushes for the detailing and I like to use sable brushes for this. Without these brushes, my work would look very different.

Which artist has inspired you the most?

I have always admired Robert Bateman as an artist. He is an icon in Canada. There are so many great wildlife artists that I admire and study their works. Some of them are John Seerey -Lester, Guy Coheleach, John Banovich, Terry Isaac, Carl Brenders and Derek Wicks.

What memorable responses have you had to your work?

I have won numerous international awards in my career, but the most memorable was the first time I entered an online realism competition, I won first place. It was an exceptional feeling to be given this award by your peers.

Favourite or most inspirational place?

I live on the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia and I am immersed in nature. One of my favourite spots to be is Taylor Head Provincial Park. There are so many birds and animals that I photograph for my paintings. One year there was a nesting pair of great horned owls that I photographed for six weeks. There is just so much to see there.

What are you working on at the moment?

I am currently working on a painting of piping plovers. I am working with gouache paints on watercolour paper.

Where do you sell your work?

You can find my work at Visual Voice Fine Art at 128 King St. in Truro. The gallery is open Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 12:30 to 5pm. and my website



Janice Guinan is a local artist who passionately believes in the importance of visual art. Her About Art column appears each week in the Truro Daily News. Guinan also writes a weekly column for the Colchester Weekly News. Both can be viewed online at Contact her at

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