Oil painting on Wood
Finished white edges
Ready to hang
Signed on back
5 " h x 7 " w x 1 " d |0 lbs. 6 oz.
My petite paintings explore portraiture through abbreviated, awkward compositions. They each feature a section of the human face or body rendered in expressively naturalistic detail. These little pieces say a lot about their subject; they convey surprising amounts of intimacy, character, and experiences despite their size. Their stature draws the viewer in to see intricate brushstrokes, while what is not included leaves a sense of longing.
Shaina’s figurative work spans the range from realism to abstraction, a dichotomy which she finds to be an ongoing inner conflict within her work. “It’s a search for balance and subtlety,” she says. Shaina is also captivated by the relationship between the beautiful and the grotesque, as seen in her varying presentations of the female form. She works from her own source imagery in a process that includes underpainting, layers of paint, and glazing. When she’s not painting, Shaina also makes tiles and pottery for a local ceramics shop.