Painting in Italy studio
My tiny brushes
Shana Bowes is a realism painter currently living in Woodstock, GA. She grew up in Roswell and Alpharetta, GA where she won her first art competition in the Roswell Arts Festival (Kids section) in 6th grade. She received a BA in Fine Art from Oglethorpe University (’94) and an MA in Arts Administration from Savannah College of Art and Design (’16). She studied abroad for a semester at the Florence Academy of Art in Florence, Italy. While there, she studied Renaissance art and classical realism. Shana has lived in NYC and traveled throughout Europe, South America, Morocco, and the United States. But Georgia is always home.
She didn't paint or draw much during the 18 years she lived in NYC. Instead, she used her creativity to market, decorate, and sell real estate. She was always more interested in selling the details and history of a building than the apartment itself! While living in New York, she soaked up some truly amazing architectural history that has become her muse.
Whenever she travels, she takes hundreds of photos for references. It's from this love of travel and adventure that she creates artwork with "A Sense of Place."
Shana participates in art fairs and shows around Atlanta, selling to designers and collectors throughout the Southeast.
"I love how different cities are recognizable simply by their architecture. Having worked in real estate for many years, I've seen neighborhoods and cities change, grow, and completely disappear. I'm inspired by the stories that a building or a town can tell. I love looking at old maps to see what you used to be. I feel it's important to keep the memories alive of historic locations, architecture, and communities throughout the centuries. It's what makes old communities rebound and new ones prosper."
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