The paintings in this series are a return to innocence and wonder. A time when we saw the world as our playground and everything was a story. Where fears are few and possibilities are plenty. Reflected in these paintings is a love of the narrative reignited by my children's voracious appetite for reading. With new eyes, classic narratives influence my brush such as portal-leaping Alice, the talking animals in Narnia, fantastical adventures in The Wizard of Oz, as well as other-worldly, space traveling in A Wrinkle In Time. Each painting is a story set with characters and a stage to spark the viewer's imagination. If you are needing to escape and explore, Land of Wonder offers many delightful portals and keyholes to start your adventure.  

This painting is on a deep cradled wood panel with edges in the color of the background. It comes wired to hang.

- Shawna Gilmore

A Boy and His Critters

Acrylic painting on wood

Signed on front and back

24" h x 20" w x 1.5" d
5 lbs. 0 oz.



Shawna Gilmore
Duluth, Minnesota

Getting to Know Shawna

Shawna Gilmore calls herself a professional daydreamer. When her children aren’t waking her from her wanderings, she paints to explore the edges of wonder and reality. Her paintings weave back and forth between naturalistic investigations and surreal dreamlike scenarios. She loves to combine these two seemingly separate images to create a body of work that is “like a curio cabinet of experiences.” One prominent theme in her work is the female face or form, often representing a surrogate for herself. You can find Shawna caring for her twin children, discussing the finer aspects of life with her verbally talented husband, going for a walk or reading a good book.