Shawn Serfas is a British Columbia based artist and lecturer with UBC Okanagan's Creative and Critical Studies Department. Serfas pursued a Fine Arts and Art History degree in Saskatchewan as well as a Master of Fine Arts degree in Alberta. However, he was initially drawn to an academic career in Environmental Science and that interest remains at the core of his work. “The foundation of my art practice and creative research explores the relationships between Environmental Sciences, the landscape and issues bordering abstraction and representation. Within that framework I pose questions concerning identity, place, ancestral origin, religion and relational abstraction. The environment offers a foundation for inquiry into the humanity’s struggle with itself, our sites of experiences and our purpose. The compositional similarities I find in the physical and human landscape fuels my dissection and abstraction of information for purposes of understanding the creative act".