Shana Grugan, Pawleys Island, SC
A little bit about Shana....
Born in Greenville, SC, Shana spent most of her childhood in Morrow, GA. She received a BFA in Drawing and Painting from the University of Georgia. Graduate school took her back to her home state where she received an MAT in Art Education from the University of South Carolina. She spent several years teaching art in grades K-12, in both North and South Carolina public schools, as well as instructing students through a private studio. Currently, Shana paints in a studio in Pawleys Island, SC. She is grateful for the opportunity to get back to her passion of painting full-time (mostly). Shana soaks up coastal living with her husband, Joey, their two energetic children, Millie and McCall, and their grey cat named Grey Kitty.
"I increasingly find the challenge of interpreting abstract thoughts into visual representations fascinating. Sometimes, I find that the concepts I wish to express are already present in the environment around me. Still, I often find the need to create and simplify these ideas using the basic elements of art. For example, treating shape as a language allows me to create narratives of complex emotions. My current series, Field Notes: A Journey of Heart, is created from the perspective of Heart. Heart longs to make more room for its Maker to enter and reside. Each composition is a result of how the relationship between God and Heart changes with every interaction, be it push/pull, open/close, surrender/hold, etc...Line, shape, and color are the focal point of the compositions. Often, Heart is represented as a flat stone shape and Maker as fluid movement."