Painting in Italy studio

My tiny brushes

In my Studio

Photo: Shannon Ballew

Artist Bio


Shana Bowes is a realism painter currently living in Woodstock, GA. She grew up in Alpharetta, GA. She received a BA in Fine Art from Oglethorpe University (’94) and an MA from Savannah College of Art and Design (’16). She studied abroad for a semester at the Florence Academy of Art in Firenze, Italy. While there, she studied Renaissance Art History and classical realism. Shana has lived in NYC and traveled throughout Europe, South America, and the United States. But Georgia is always home.

She won her first art competition in the 5th grade and has been creating ever since. Shana has sold her travel photography, oil paintings, and hand painted furniture in the past, but is now focusing on acrylic painting. She participates in art fairs and gallery shows around Atlanta, selling to designers and collectors throughout the Southeast.


Artist Statement


I love nostalgia. I always miss the past. I've worked in real estate for over 20 years - both in NYC and Atlanta. I've seen neighborhoods change, grow and completely disappear. I feel it's important to keep the memories alive of locations and communities throughout the years. It's what makes old communities rebound and new ones prosper. 


The common thread throughout my work is "locality"


lo·cal·i·ty (noun):

  1. The fact or condition of having a location in space or time

  2. An area or neighborhood, especially as regarded as a place occupied by certain people or as the scene of particular activities


​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Awards and Shows

National Juried Photography Show,

Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association, 2017

Finalist, 36th Annual Spring Photography Contest,       

Photographer's Forum Magazine, 2016

"Water" 2016 Photography Show

Colors of Humanity Art Gallery, June 2016

Photography Competition -  Theme: Colors

Contemporary Art Gallery Online, October 2015


Savannah College of Art and Design, Atlanta, GA 2016

Florence Academy of Art, Florence, Italy 2015

Oglethorpe University, Atlanta, GA, 1994


© 2019 Shana Bowes

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