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My Story… — Jul 7, 2015

My Story…

Since I haven’t introduced myself in the last post, I’ll do it right here.

My Art vs. Artist

My name is Sabrina Gardiner, born in 1995 in the north of green England. From the fledgling age of two years old, I always loved to put my pencils (or at that time, a felt-tip pen) on to pieces of paper to reveal the machinations of my imagination to the outer world.

Once I’d grown out of the phase of scrawling uncontrollably about all over my canvases (which included walls), I began to morph those marks into intelligible characters. My specialism was creating fan stories of my favourite cartoon characters, personifications with flags and educational books.

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The big change came for me when I turned 11 years old and moved to the far-flung country of Colombia. During the year and a half I lived over there, some of the mainstays of my characters would develop, as with a fascination with the months of the year that would last me a good couple of years.

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As I grew into my teenage years and returned to England, I needed to create more realistic characters while at the same time keeping that unmistakable fantasy feel. At this time, I had re-ignited my interest in geography after going on a road trip around the south of England, and so began on a mission to personify every place in every country, beginning with my green homeland.

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Completing (or mostly completing) my personification throughout England, the next logical step would be to go stateside and get on to personifying the United States. But I added a new twist that I hadn’t done with England – personify each state as well as the cities and towns they contained. This allowed me to explore even deeper into the country’s geography by looking at the cultures of each state to see what made each one different.


But the real passion of mine started with me taking a detour at the cinema when the movies I was watching got mixed up. From there, I came across Canada.

Initially creating just one character as I did not expect to become too interested in Canada, the country suddenly began to take over, effectively ending my exploration of the States. At first I did not want to become interested as I wasn’t too much into Canada, but it then grew on me, eventually becoming my most favourite country.

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As I began to work more and more with Canada, a personal goal of emigrating over there began to form, which I still hold today and hope to realize in the near future. Every new artwork I create for the country makes my wish stronger and more determined to make my Canadian dream a reality.

Although I’ve been drawing characters for as long as I can remember, I only recently started to bring them to life on the screen. Initially creating short animations to hone my animating skills, these then evolved into fully-fledged episodes, one of which I am hoping to create a voiceover for. My ultimate dream is that these will eventually transfer to the small and big screens to capture the imaginations and inspire generations of animators to come.

And live in Canada, of course.

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10 Reasons I Love Canada — Apr 10, 2019

10 Reasons I Love Canada

People are always asking me why I love Canada. So here’s ten reasons I love Canada! 🇨🇦

  1. The amazing landscapes.
  1. The friendly, warm, polite people.
  1. Maple syrup. Lots of it.
  1. Poutine And Beavertails. And Timbits.
  1. Moose!

6. And beavers! (And Canada geese.)

  1. The vibrant cities.
  1. The music!
  1. Movie stars!

10 . Their leader is hot! ️️️😍😘❤️️



World Autism Acceptance Day 2019 — Apr 2, 2019

World Autism Acceptance Day 2019

Today is World Autism Awareness Day. But I also want it to be World Autism Acceptance Day. Why?

Because awareness is just that – merely being aware of the existence of something, or someone. In this case, it’s just knowing that autism is a thing, and because most people’s “awareness” of autism most likely came from Rain Man, it can be peppered with demeaning and even damaging stereotypes, such as thinking those with autism are antisocial and are only interested in themselves and one thing. The very reason it’s often called “autism spectrum disorder” is that it’s a spectrum, no two people can have the same form of autism.

So I’m calling for World Autism Awareness Day to be renamed World Autism Acceptance Day. People need to stop seeing autism as a nasty ‘disease’ or ‘epidemic’ that is taking their children and grandchildren away from them and as a ‘burden’ on society. In fact, many on the spectrum are positively contributing to society, including myself, and it’s been proved in many studies that if a business has autistic employees, they create a much more inclusive and diverse work environment.

It’s time to start accepting autism as one of the many wonderful things that add colour and variety to the otherwise grey world of ‘normality’. That’s why it’s called a spectrum! 🌈


My Redbubble Shop is Now Open! — Mar 25, 2019

My Redbubble Shop is Now Open!

I’ve now opened a shop on Redbubble! Redbubble Logo Icon Button…

You can now buy my artworks on canvases, and all kinds of merchandise like tote bags, stickers, clocks, mugs and many more! It’s like Etsy for artists, but you don’t make the merchandise yourself – all the hard work is done for you.

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Crowdfunding Campaign! — Mar 21, 2019

Crowdfunding Campaign!

I’m starting a crowdfunding campaign to help get my creations out there and my business idea up and running! You can give at the JustGiving page here:

The campaign runs for a month, so you can donate to me until April 20th. Any donations will be used to print merchandise with my art at Vistaprint, which will then be sold at my Etsy shop and – hopefully – at brick-and-mortar craft markets.

Green — Mar 17, 2019


In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, we’re celebrating the colour green here at Surfing the Sea!

Steven Schwartzmann at Portraits of Wildflowers
Steven Schwartzman at Portraits of Wildflowers

One of nature’s most common colours (after blue), green is associated with the environment and its conservation (hence the phrase “going green”), freshness, vegetables, gardening, and envy. Due to its lush green fields and hills, Ireland is often called the Emerald Isle, and the colour green has become associated with Ireland, Irishness and the Celtic culture as a whole.

Lime, emerald, bottle, jade or forest – what’s your favourite shade of green? I’m more partial to the darker shades of green, but I do like bright splashes of lime and chartreuse for that fresh citrus twist.


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