About the Artist
Having experimented extensively with the human form by exploring its symbolism and psychology, I typically make autobiographical works with references to my own memories and personal experience. The paintings present my journey through life, examining and questioning reality in the hope of bringing clarity to it. I work primarily in oil paint on canvas and watercolor on paper with finished pieces being fairly intimate in size. More recently I have been using small groups of interacting figures as a means to represent a portion of a larger narrative. Paint application and mediums are used to enhance or exaggerate expression and eliminate detail. The study of Renaissance painters and their approach to drafting and composition has always had a strong influence on my process. I hope that observing the work would provoke similar contemplation and reflection in the viewer.
Shea has been drawing and painting since early childhood, earning a Bachelor of Arts in painting from Parson’s School of Design in New York City in 1978. She continued her studies at the DeCordova Museum School in Lincoln MA, concentrating on the human form. An art teacher for 30 years Shea has honed her craft through teaching others the fundamentals of drawing and painting. Her work can be found throughout the country as part of both private and public collections.