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Medium:Oil
Dimensions:30"  x 40"  x 1.5"
Weight:15 lbs
Delivery Format:2D Artwork
Additional Description:This is an oil painting on a gallery wrapped, stretched canvas. All of my paintings arrive with edges painted and backs wired, ready to hang exactly as you receive them.
This painting is inspired by evening in the summer, the time when day turns into the night, and all the world's worries can wait until morning.
Artist StatementTo 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.
Artist BiographyElizabeth 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.
Education
Appalachian State University|Graduated
Scuola Lorenzo de' Medici
What I Love Doing
I'm a big reader, almost anything fiction, but especially historical fiction and fantasy.
I love to sing, and at an artists' residency in 2015 I made friends with Alejandro Castanos, a composer from Mexico City. He and I formed a band called Borders and it's always a special treat when I've got some time to spend on music.
I also do some work for Lee Shore Rescue, a North Carolina animal rescue which specializes in rehabilitation of abused and neglected animals and maternity and pediatric care.
What I Find Beautiful
Nature, primarily! I grew up in the foothills of the North Carolina mountains and that will forever be the most beautiful place in the world to me. I also draw joy from the people in my life, especially my daughter. And of course, other artists, in music, film, dance, and writing as well as visual art, will always be a huge source of inspiration.
My Favorite Memory
That's a tough one, but I would have to say the single most influential event in my life was my semester abroad in Florence during college. Of course, we all know that there's a big world out there, but it's one thing to know it in an abstract sense and another to see it with your own eyes. That experience has shaped the way I see things, and I'm incredibly grateful to have had the opportunity.
My Favorite Art Style
Another tough one. Abstract impressionism is certainly a big influence for me, but I also really enjoy the painters of the Dutch Middle Ages, and I'm really interested in the modern resurgence of naturalistic figurative painting.
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Artwork Medium Oil
Artwork Underlying Themes Beauty, Nature - as beauty, Renewal
Creative Style Abstract, Expressionism
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Recipient No
Personality Type No
Subject Matter Nature
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