Shary is a delight to work with. At the beginning of each workshop, she arrives with many boxfuls of extra materials for her students to experiments with.  An experienced artist, she provides knowledge about a range of new techniques, and always brings in finished sample products to inspire her students as they begin their own projects. She is mindful to set up an environment conducive to creativity, playing music in the background to inspire her students’ work. Shary has quite a devoted following and her classes always sell out early."



Dr. Annie Prud’homme-Généreux, Director of Continuing Studies, Capilano University


"Shary has been one of our most respected instructors at Langara Continuing Studies Visual Art for many years and is still going strong. She brings a fresh and thorough approach to her teaching with a variety of exciting and innovative courses ranging from Mixed Media and Encaustic classes to Hand Altering Photos with Fine Art Materials. Shary has an engaging and informative approach that students find both educational and fun at the same time".    

Jeff Burgess

Coordinator Visual Arts and Commercial Illustration, Langara College Continuing Studies


Student Testimonials


"Shary's Encaustic Collage workshop was a really enjoyable, educational day.  I learnt an incredible amount about the art of encaustic and left with a piece I can hang on my wall.  Shary was knowledgeable about her subject and able to impart that knowledge with ease.  She was wonderfully generous with materials.  I loved the small size of the class.  A day well spent and a class I can highly recommend."

Leanne Bishop,

Ruby Dog's Art House


"I really enjoyed Shary's class. It was exactly what I needed to feel motivated and excited about art again. She is a wonderful teacher. I have been an adult educator for thirty years so I don't say this lightly." D.L.


"After having taken several art courses at the college level, I found this class to be above and beyond what I have taken in the past. The instructor was excellent. Excellent course. The instructor was very well-organized and very giving of her time and knowledge." C.M.


"I thoroughly enjoyed the course as it gave me the opportunity to express myself freely and to explore new ideas in a safe and creative environment." B.W.