I am a multimedia artist, designer and educator who began drawing and cutting paper obsessively as a small child. When I was 15 years old, I sold my first paintings at the Ann Arbor Art Fair. I went on to study art and visual communication at the University of Michigan, earning a B.Sc. Design. While working for many years in various international architect’s offices, I never stopped painting, cutting and pasting.

Born in Detroit and raised in Ann Arbor, I immigrated to Toronto after graduation to work on large-scale design projects for education, library, health care and commercial sector clients worldwide.

Sharon VanderKaay Detroit

In my spare time, I advocate for civic places that improve our state of mind and make us feel better.  My video, “Diagnose Your Habitat” was screened at urban film festivals in Toronto and Los Angeles.

In 2012 I wrote a poem about Detroit that was the basis for a co-written song “What I See in the D.”