Sharif has a degree in Fine Arts from Concordia University in Montreal.
Often working traditionally, Sharif uses oils, acrylics, watercolours, pastels and coloured pencils. Sometimes, he’ll use a combination of traditional and digital media, using Photoshop to begin the image, then printing it out on cotton paper and completing it using acrylics or fast-drying oils. The best of both worlds.
Sharif likes to do realism with a painterly touch, keeping an arty sensibility to his work rather than attempting to compete with the camera. Preparation is important to him, and he makes sure he has good reference material, a solid drawing and a good composition when he begins. This helps him when it comes to achieving realism in a picture.
Canadian Association of Photographers and Illustrators (CAPIC) Award Gold in Editorial 1997
CAPIC Bronze in Self-promotion 1993
CAPIC Bronze in Self-promotion 1992
CAPIC Bronze in Advertising 1991