Born and raised in northeast Ohio, Sylvia Shanahan graduated from Kent State University 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.
Shanahan believes her 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. "My goal is to represent more than what is seen by the naked eye," she states. "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."
Her approach to painting was noticed by Magical Blend Magazine in the mid-90s where her painting, The Soul Remember, 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 from across the country and in Canada after being juried into Zatista, an online source for original art. Her 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.
She has conducted art camps in creative art journaling and illustration techniques and is currently developing an in-depth color workshop and book, "Painting Inside Out", that features "creative exercises to release emotions and enhance your life."