Born in the Ukraine and raised in Sydney, Australia, Sophia Podryhula-Shaw settled in Edmonton in 1976. While pursuing a career in Nursing Podryhula-Shaw studied Composition and Design at Sydney Technical College and would go on to complete further art related studies at Grant MacEwan and the Edmonton Art Gallery. Podryhula-Shaw completes much of her paintings en plein air and the vibrancy of her colours and fresh, confident mark-making are evidence of this immediacy. Her landscapes reflect the diversity of Alberta’s countryside from mythical mountains to patchworks of prairie farm fields.
We respectfully acknowledge that we are on Treaty 6 territory, traditional lands of First Nations and Métis peoples. As treaty People, Indigenous and non-Indigenous, we share the responsibility for stewardship of this beautiful land.