Working in a variety of mediums including watercolor, oil, and pastel, Shane’s paintings are saturated with light and color, informed by many years of painting from life. Her paintings of the landscape, still life, animals and the figure reflect a solid academic training as well as the ability to communicate the energy and unique atmosphere of a scene. Shauna's work is saturated with light and color informed by many years of painting from life. Her paintings reflect a solid academic training as well as the ability to communicate the energy, color, and unique atmosphere of a scene.
“Because of how I see the beauty of nature my paintings are exuberant with color and energy. I paint each day feeling the tradition of America's plein-air masters close behind me, immersed in the light and atmosphere of the day. There is simply no way to describe the intense experience and connection that occurs when painting from nature.”
“I believe the artistic journey is like a musical instrument; taking time and practice to master. I believe that what people call talent is better described as the passion that gives one a profound joy every moment one is deep inside the discovery of a beautiful scene. My own artistic life is dedicated to achieving the skill, observation, knowledge, and nuance that makes communication through a simple, well-placed brush stroke as beautiful and descriptive as the perfect word in a poem.”
Selected in 2010 as Resident Artist at the New Britain Museum of American Art, Shane began her career as Resident Artist at Yellowstone National Park. Shauna has exhibited in international competitions around the country, including Oil Painters of America, Allied Artists of America, Salmagundi, and Knickerbocker Exhibits in New York City. Shauna has exhibited and received major awards in the last 7 years of Renaissance Pastel International Exhibits, and recent awards were received in the 2012 and 2013 Hudson Valley Artists Exhibit as well as the Interior and Figure in Landscape exhibits at Lyme Art Association. Juried Paint Outs include Brandywine PA, Oct. 2013, St. Petersburg, FL in 2010, and Bradenton, FL in 2012.
A professional painter for more than 33 years, Shane is represented in collections in the US and around the world, including the Governor’s portrait in the State Capitol in Helena, Montana. She is a Signature Member of CT Pastel Society, an Elected Artist Member of the Lyme Art Association and CT Plein air Society.
A popular demonstrator and teacher, Shauna takes pride in her ability to convey to others how to see and understand the visual world in a way that makes their artistic journey enjoyable and productive.
In addition to workshops and master classes from Robert Bateman, Charles Reid, Clyde Aspevig and Raymond Everett Kinstler, her educational background includes Lyme Academy of Fine Art, University of Connecticut, and Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana.
Shauna’s dedication to excellence, her academic classical art education and her subsequent career in art are a direct result of her high school art teacher and mentor, Raymond Campeau who still lives in Shauna’s home town of Bozeman, Montana.
Selected Exhibits (* indicates Award):
2015, 14, 18, 12. 11, Elected Artist Exhibit, Lyme Art
2013 Solo Exhibit Town and County Club, Hartford, CT
2013, 2012, 2011* - 2005 – Lyme Art Association Juried Exhibits
2012* 2011* 10*, 09, ’08*, ‘07*, ‘06* – CT Renaissance Pastel International Exhibit
2012*,2011*, 10*, ‘09* - Members Exhibit CT Pastel Society
2013* 2011*, ‘09 Hudson Valley Artists exhibit
2009* Cape Cod Art Assn Regional
2008 – Solo Exhibit - Muse de le Belle Artiste Gallery, Coventry, CT, October
2007 – Solo Exhibit: Blue Heron Gallery, Wellfleet, MA
2013, 2012, 2011, ’10*. ’09 – Signature Members CT Pastel Society exhibit
2012* – 1998 – CT Plein Air Society Annual Exhibit
2005 – 1991 Westport Nature Center Annual Juried Exhibit, Westport, CT
1990 –1991* – Choices Juried Exhibit* Mill Gallery, Guilford, CT
1992 1993 1994 – Henry Green Gallery, Solo Show, Southport, CT
1989 – 1990-1991 – New Canaan Nature Center Gallery Solo Exhibit, New Canaan, CT
1994 – American Realism Competition, Parkersburg, W,
1993 – Poudre Valley Art League International, Denver, Colorado
1993 – Oil Painters of America, Chicago, Illinois
1992, 1993, 1994 – New England Regional, Cape Cod Art Assn., Barnstable, MA
1992 – Knickerbocker International Exhibit, NY, NY
1982, ‘1983* 1984 1985* 1986 1987 – CM Russell International Art Exhibit, Great Falls, Montana, “*
1980* – Women in Art, Bozeman, MT – Purchase Selection
2010 – Resident Artist, New Britain Museum of American Art
2009 – Signature member of CT Pastel Soc.
2006 – Elected Artist Member Lyme Art Association
2005 – Elected & Founding Artist Member Connecticut Plein Air Society
2005 – Selected for Brooks Pharmacy 2006 calendar: Artists of New England
2000 – Commissioned for Portrait of UConn Dean of Students
1987 – present Founded Open Studio tours in NE Connecticut; now grown to over 100 artists studios.
1985 – 1988 - Founded monthly critique group with Clyde Aspevig and 5 professional landscape painters.
1994 – 1996 – Selected for Resident Artist, Yellowstone National Park
1986 – Commissioned for Official Portrait of Governor Ted Schwinden, Montana Capitol
Cooley Gallery, Old Lyme, CT
Lyme Art Association Gallery
2013 – 30 years of private and group classes offered in drawing, watercolor, and oil painting.
Currently on staff: UCONN Community School of Art, Glastonbury Art Guild, West Hartford Art League, Town of Vernon, CT
2008 – present – More than 300 Demonstrations for Art Guilds in Connecticut, Massachusetts, & Montana
1991 – 2009 - Summer Artist Instructor, Wianno Country Club, Osterville MA
2006 – Teacher, Windham Public Schools Supplemental Programs and Norwich Arts Council After Schools Program1991 – 1993 -Art Instructor: Falmouth Art Guild, Falmouth, MA. Cape Cod Art Association, Barnstable, MA, Cotuit Art Association, Cotuit MA
2003 – 2006 UCONN School of Art- audit Senior Figure Painting (by invitation)
1999 - Lyme Academy, Old Lyme, CT
1982 through 2000 Professional Workshops:
1993 Master Class, Clyde Aspevig, workshop, Scottsdale Artist School, Elmira, NY
1992 Greg Kreutz, Painting Workshop, Scottsdale Artist School, Elmira NY
1991 - Ray Vinella, Painting workshop, Scottscale Artist School
1989 - Bye Bitney, Painting workshop, Kalispel, MT
1987 - Everett Raymond Kinstler, ProArt Workshops, BigTimber,
1986 - Robert Bateman ProArt Master Class, BigTimber, MT
1984 - Robert Bateman, ProArt Workshops, BigTimber, MT
Jessica Zemski, - Pastel Workshop Billings, MT
Veryl Goodnight,- Sculpture workshop, Pro-Art Workshops, Big Timber, MT
1993 UCONN Continuing Education - Commercial Art, Illustration
1966 Art Major, Education Minor, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT