Shye explores the complexities and nuances of human identity through intimate portraits highly reflective of the individuals they represent. With a penchant for storytelling and a seeker of the honest self, her art draws on both the pain and simplicity of existence. While her watercolor illustrations better depict the latter with a focus on childhood, nature, and the lost magic that dominates it, it is not without longing. As a result of such polarizing interests, she splits her time outside of work watching documentaries on the human condition and doodling elephants with painted toenails.
Awards and Recognition
“Self Portrait of Artist” Portraiture Show, 2019 - Gallery 1313
“Self Portrait of Artist” Equity Through Emergence, 2018 - Scarborough Arts
"Zarisa" BIG ART BOOK, 2017 - Scarborough Arts Publication
Senior Media Award, 2016 - York University
The Drawing Award, 2016 - York University
Louis Odette Sculpture Award, 2015 - York University
Louis Odette Sculpture Award, 2014 - York University
“I contacted Shye in regards to getting a portrait of my newborn son. I had told her that my son had some health complications in the recent months but was such a fighter and wanted that incorporated in the drawing somehow. She came up with the most mind blowing drawing that brought my partner to tears. Not only was she able to get this done in 5 days ( the week before Christmas), she sent me updates as she went, and the price was INCREDIBLY affordable. I will be a repeat customer without question. Thank you Shye!”
— James M.
“Shye did an amazing painting of our parents, I've always viewed them as royalty and her painting truly brought that to life. The painting surpassed all our expectations and we truly appreciated how informative she was of the process involved, we really appreciated the regular updates provided. So grateful that she delivered the end project within the time frame suggested, her customer service and painting skills both are commendable. We look forward to working with Shye again very soon. Thank you, once again.”
— Kritika H.
"I am completely satisfied with Shye’s work. She replies on time and delivers the painting on schedule. Her work is excellent and prices reasonable. She is highly recommended!"
— Ish O.
"Shye is a talented artist that can fully transfer the idea from your mind into a piece of art. I've had her for multiple projects and she has gone beyond the expectations every time. Highly recommended!"
— Minh C.
“Shye’s talent speaks through her art. I’m at a loss for words looking at the beautiful portrait she produced for my friend for her birthday. Simply amazing.”
— Andrea A.
"Shye did an amazing watercolor portrait of me. She was fantastic and exhibited levels of professionalism you don't generally see - working with me to get the exact layout, color scheme and size and sending frequent updates of the progress which I loved. Needless to say, I absolutely loved the results! Thank you, Shye!"
— Lynnie J.
"I wanted to get a picture of my wife and our son right after the delivery in the hospital painted by an artist. I had three weeks before Valentine's and kept searching all throughout the city. I found dozens of artists but their paintings just seemed so forced with almost no feel to it. I almost gave up when I happened to stumble across Shye's ad on Kijiji. I met with her and immediately got her services. Within the said deadline, she completed the final painting and it turned out better than I thought! She is easy to talk to and very professional. I have respect for artists making a living and she truly earns my respect. She shouldn't be advertising on Kijiji anymore because of the caliber of work she does, but then again, I wouldn't have met her if she didn't. Highly recommended!"
— Redd O.
"Shye is awesome, has great talent, is superb at taking direction but also adding creative flair to the design. An excellent communicator and just generally very friendly person. Would absolutely hire again. Thank you!"
— Shanna P.
"I had Shye do a picture of my boyfriend's parents bull mastiff, Joey, that they lost over the summer. She did such a wonderful job with the picture and totally captured Joey's personality in her drawing. It brought tears to my eyes when I first saw it and my boyfriend and his parents were overwhelmed with emotion when they opened it. I would definitely have Shye do a lot of other pictures for myself and would recommend her to others as well! She is a joy to work with, has a quick turnover time, and is more than reasonable with her pricing! The quality of her work is exceptional and she is honestly a pleasure to work with! Thanks again for everything Shye!"
— Manali K.
"It's rare to find an artist who can not only capture how you appear but also express the delicate personal air each person has. Shye does this effortlessly and with a smile."
— Christol B.
"I have commissioned several pieces from Shye over the last 3 years and I have never been disappointed. I refer everyone to her! Her prices are amazing, her communication is excellent, and her quality of product cannot be beat. Take a chance on Shye and you won't regret it!"
— Amy M.
"After all the horror stories I've heard about commissions, I'm glad Shye made the process easy and pain free. The final product turning out so well was just a bonus."
— Zarisa B.
"Some great talent here."
— Jasmine Z.