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MEET THE ARTIST | CHRIS SHANDS

MEET CHRIS SHANDS
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I am drawn to color and texture. I usually begin my paintings by laying down bold and random brush work. It’s at this time that my work is raw and makes me a little uncomfortable. I try not to think too hard about what will happen, but instead, focus on the process of painting. It’s a bit like meditation; letting go and trusting. I have to remind myself not to be afraid of ruining a piece, as I know in time, it can be rescued. A lot of editing takes place; layers are added and then scraped off, revealing a little bit of the paintings history.
 
I was a ceramic artist for 15 years before emerging as an abstract painter two years ago. I had always wanted to paint but found plenty of excuses not to. A health scare and an empty nest was what I needed to pick up a brush and begin. It’s been such a wonderful journey and I’m very grateful for the support of family and friends.  
 
I am happily married and the mother of 3 beautiful daughters. Someone once told me: your work makes me feel good. I can’t think of a nicer compliment. 
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“Make My Soul Sing”   Mixed Media on paper, 49 X 37
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Mixed Media on paper, Untitled   18 X 18
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“Flora in Pink”, Diptych Oil on canvas  40 X 48 (overall)

Please contact us if you would like more information about Chris Shands 2016 collection of artwork showing at Palette. We encourage clients to take pieces out on approval. Plus, we ship and insure.

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