Photograph of Artist ALPHA SHANAHAN
Carrick-on-Shannon, - Ireland

Original Artworks (1)

Alpha Shanahan; Modigliani With Anna, 2018, Original Painting Oil, 7 x 9.5 inches. Artwork description: 241 Amedeo Modigliani, the famous italian painter  1884- 1920   has painted many portraits. In this painting, i placed him before one of his portrait paintings. That of Anna Zborowski.This is a small portrait painting of my favourite artist, Amedeo Modigliani. ...
Alpha Shanahan
Original Oil Painting, 2018
7 x 9.5 inches (17.8 x 24.1 cm)
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Artist Statement

My adventure into painting began when I was in my early 30s. I have been raised in a home where handmade things are everywhere and music was just another language I grew up in. So unsurprisingly, when I reached a stage in my life where I needed some new form of expression, I turned to art. Always an independent learner, I did not see the need to get another degree I already finished a degree in Psychology. I just poured all my attention into drawing and painting. Two decades of painting almost everyday is something I would never exchange for a 4-year Fine Arts degree. I was clear with what kind of artist I wanted to become, and I sifted through what I could get to hone the skills and grow as a painter. I love painting portraits, although I have expanded the range of my subjects through the years. Now, it is not so much the subject I paint which excites me, but the love of painting itself which sustains me in my work. My awareness of my surrounding has been heightened to a certain level, always seeing something beautiful to paint, even in the most ordinary everyday surroundings. As a painter, a different way of seeing things, is what I wish to share with the world. I hope my work gets to bring the viewers to a certain level of appreciation for what is. I have never seen it this way before, and oh wow, isnt this beautiful. That is what I hope I get to bring to people....

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