Sharon has a diversified background with skills ranging from wildlife biologist, naturalist, photographer, writer, and illustrator. Now as a full-time artist, she combines two loves – nature and art.
At Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA she earned a degree in Wildlife Management and subsequently worked as a field biologist in Washington, California, and Nevada for Soil Conservation Service, Pacific Gas and Electric, and the Bureau of Land Management.
In 1998, in an effort to combine her interest in both art and nature, Schafer founded Skydance Studio and is dedicated to the creation of products and images that promote a deeper understanding and appreciation of the beauty and diversity of nature. She is a signature member of Artists for Conservation and the Society of Animal Artists.
Beyond the studio, Schafer shares her artistic talent and enthusiasm for the natural world by teaching art and nature-related classes through Canyonlands Field Institute, Joshua Tree National Park’s Desert Institute, Red Rock Canyon Interpretive Association, and has conducted workshops at the National Association for Interpretation National Conference.
In addition, she has developed natural-resource-related educational exhibits and images for the US National Park Service, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and the US Forest Service among others.
Her passion for the natural world has lead her to the very ends of the earth, where she has worked over 100 days as an photographer, videographer, and artist-in residence in the Arctic, Antarctic, and sub-Antarctic Islands.
Schafer presently resides in Boulder City, Nevada where her studio overlooks the inspiring beauty of the Mojave Desert.
Graduate Study, 1976-1978, Natural Resource Management-Wildlife Management, Humboldt State University, CA
B.S., 1976, Wildlife Management, Humboldt State University, CA
Awards and recognition: (selected recent)
2012, Artist For Conservation, 14th Flag Expedition competitive grant, Vancouver,
British Columbia, Canada
2012. The Art of Conservation, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
2012, Art of the Animal Kingdom XVIII, Bennington, VT
2012, Art and the Animal, Blauvelt Art Museum, Oradell, NJ
2012, Association for Partners of Public Lands National Conference, National Conference, Keynote Speaker, Las Vegas, NV
2011, Art and the Animal, Dennos Museum, Traverse City, MI,
2011, Art and the Animal National Tour, The Wildlife Experience, Parker, CO
2011, Art and the Animal National Tour, Dunnegan Gallery of Art, Bolivar, MO
2011, Art and the Animal National Tour, Milwaukee Public Museum, Milwaukee, WI
2011, Signature Member – Society of Animal Artists
2011, The Art of Conservation, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
2011, Art of the Animal Kingdom XVII, Bennington, VT
Current contact Information:
1448 Bronco Road
Boulder City, Nevada 89005
702/293.3929 (studio); 702/239.3673 (cell)