Elizabeth Shanahan Fine Art

Upcoming shows -- come see and buy in person!

November 25-26, 2017 - Delray Beach Thanksgiving Weekend Art Show, Delray Beach, FL
February 9-11 - Waterfront Fine Art and Wine Festival, Scottsdale, AZ

I've always enjoyed drawing, but I didn't really become serious about art until the second half of high school. I credit the many wonderful teachers I've had over the years (Lynn Costine, a fiber artist in Tryon, NC, Jeff Thomas, who teaches at Polk County High School, and Mike Grady at Appalachian State University, among others) for the fact that I do this today. I received my BFA in Studio Art with an emphasis in Painting and Drawing from Appalachian State University in 2015. I also studied for a semester at la Scuola Lorenzo de' Medici in Florence, Italy, in 2013, and did a residency in Marnay-sur-Seine, France in 2015. It was during college I discovered that there are a million tools to use other than a brush -- knives, sponges, towels, etc. --and that I love them all. During college and since graduation, I've shown my work up and down the US East Coast and in France.

After college I moved to the Winston-Salem area to marry my high school sweetheart, and officially began my professional career as an artist. Between February and July of 2016, I took part in four juried gallery shows, a solo show at Blowing Rock Art and History Museum, and a two person show with Rebecca Bremer at the Nth Degree Gallery in Boone. Also in the summer of 2016, we bought our first house in Lewisville, North Carolina. There are a lot of things to love about our house, but the best is the studio in the back yard. For me, anyway - I think my dog is partial to the antique store next door whose owner is very liberal with the peanut butter crackers.

While the owners had fixed up the house to sell, nobody had touched the studio in eight years. It was disgusting: half an inch of black filth on the floor, dead insects and mouse droppings on every surface, and no electricity. This was a lot to deal with, especially since I was in my third trimester with our first daughter! In fact, shortly after we moved in, I was expressly forbidden from cleaning by my doctor until the baby was born...

With a small amount of ignoring doctor's orders and a large amount of help from a used robotic vacuum cleaner from my mother, the space was made habitable within a few weeks. Starting work in my new studio was a huge moment for me, after years of sharing studio space and working on my bedroom floor.

My daughter was born in September of 2016, and by the end of October I was back to work on a part time basis, and full time a month later. Today, I happily split my days between caring for my baby (with the invaluable help of my hyperactive cattle dog and chronically disgruntled orange cat), spending time with my incredible husband, and working my heart out painting. We've continued renovating the studio, painting the walls, building painting storage systems, and removing the various hardware that was left behind by previous owners. In the future, we plan to add real floors (it's just a subfloor right now) and plumbing so I can have a sink.

During the summer of 2017, I embarked on my first season of art fairs. With my supportive husband and sweet little girl in tow, I traveled from Atlanta, GA, to Arlington, VA, to Nashville, TN, to Asheville, NC and beyond. I did twelve shows, completely redid my booth, and learned more than I could have believed. In the next season we'll be traveling farther, doing higher end shows, and having at least double the fun. Keep an eye on the schedule above and come see us!

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