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Feature Artist Bio
By permission of the artist, The Cyber Art Show is pleased to feature the second of two 12-piece exhibitions of works by contemporary
American landscape painter Sylvia Shanahan (born 1955 in Ohio, USA).
Sylvia Shanahan graduated from Kent State University in Ohio with a degree in Graphic Design/Illustration. Ohio is also where she enjoyed a successful career in marketing, advertising and sales at several nationally known consumer products companies.
Throughout her career though, she made time for her love of fine art--a love that started early in life through family outings to the Cleveland Museum of Art. “I would have started drawing earlier, but I was such an active child,” she jokes. “I never had the discipline to sit still. I could be found playing neighborhood baseball, climbing a tree or exploring the fields and ‘soon-to-be-built-on’ vacant lots in our area. My friends and I were always hunting for new places to discover ‘untouched’ nature.” Shanahan believes that these childhood experiences evolved into an almost reverent love for landscape painting. Where she once scouted for natural vistas, she now explores new territory in color and technique.
Her approach to painting was noticed by Magical Blend Magazine in the mid-90s where her painting, “The Soul Remembers” was featured. Since then her work has won several local awards in Ohio and Florida and has also shown in Vermont and Georgia. She has recently attracted new collectors across the country and in Canada after being juried into Zatista, an online source for original art.
Sylvia's work can be seen at Woodfield Fine Art in St. Petersburg, FL, The French Nest Marketplace in Largo, FL, Beach House Gallery and her studio, both in Dunedin, FL.
Recently, her creative passions have led her to develop a workbook and workshops on the power of color, "Painting Inside Out™. Look for more details in 2017. Shanahan currently lives in Largo, Florida.
Past and present affiliations include The Akron Society of Artists, Creative Artists Guild, The Morean Art Center and The Institute of Creative Arts, where she teaches oil painting, colored pencil and private classes.
January 21, 2017
Twelve Pieces by Contemporary Artist
Sylvia Shanahan (Born 1955)
“My goal is to represent more than what is seen by the naked eye. I manipulate and juxtapose color to create the energy of the scene.
So much is involved when looking at nature. The time of day, the temperature, the wind, the fragrances, the noise or lack of.... even your mood affects the experience. I try to convey the visual, along with the sensual and emotional experience too.”