Painting in the Florence, Italy studio
In my home studio
Shana Bowes is an Urban Landscape Artist working in graphite, acrylic, and watercolor, 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 getting lots of photos for inspiration, 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 consider myself an Urban Landscape Artist. I paint nostalgia. Old buildings, old memories and old haunts. The places that speak to me tell their own story. I draw with water soluble graphite pencils and I paint with acrylics.
I'm drawn to old maps, old cities, and old buildings. I want to know who lived there? What was the function of the building? And why did everyone leave?
I appreciate the details that are often overlooked in old architecture. The way the doors have worn, the bricks have weathered. I find the old and vintage comforting. Much of the old architectural details can't be reproduced today."
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