Artist Statement & Biography
To grow up in the American Southeast is to grow up in a temporal amalgam, where the past and present are fused and confused, where timeless beauty is all encompassing, where people and places still exist who have forgotten to grow. It's a place that struggles to bridge the gap between the past and the evils that accompanied it, and the often painful reality of its present. I grew up aware of the way the world lives: striving to move forward, always fighting the same demons.
My art is informed by what is timeless: our shared mortality, the world we live in, and the experience of feeling. Using color and reference to nature, each of my paintings serves as an emotional self portrait at the time of its making. In this specificity lies universality. By focusing on the most personal moments of my life, I hope to reveal the moments that all of us, our ancestors, and our descendants will share.
Elizabeth Shanahan is a painter living and working in Lewisville, North Carolina. Shanahan graduated from Appalachian State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art in 2015. She studied at Lorenzo de' Medici School in Florence, Italy in 2014 and completed a residency at Camac Centre d'Art in Marnay sur Seine, France in 2015.
Shanahan's work focuses on the visual relationship between emotion and our natural surroundings. She has exhibited work at the Looking Glass, Smith, and Nth Degree Galleries in Boone, NC, at Delurk Gallery in Winston Salem, at the LaGrange Art museum in LaGrange, GA, and the Louvre Museum in Paris, France. She has also exhibited in juried fine art fairs from Virginia to Florida and Arizona. She currently lives with her husband, their one year old daughter, a hyperactive cattle dog, and a chronically disgruntled orange cat. She works out of a studio on their property.