Paul’s artistic career started in Boston with projects ranging from an ornate steel stairway entrance for the Boston Distillery, South Boston, MA to a gallery touring member of the Artist Foundation, a Boston-based artist guild sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Along the way, he stayed close to nature and created abstract organic forms using steel, stone and aluminum showing in galleries throughout New England and even on a New York City set of a Liam Neeson film.
After 20 years of creating steel and stone sculpture, Paul Shampine turned his blowtorch to canvas, creating an inspiring new medium. By varying the paint’s viscosity with heat, he produces great movement with soft fluid lines, lively textures and forms to render another dimension. The additional dimension is an essential backdrop in expressing the energy and beauty of his fluid subject; the Ocean. He builds upon that foundation with an oceanic color palette and by fusing aluminum to create his Coastal Contemporary Abstracts.
Paul wraps his own canvases with organic cotton canvas and custom welds the brushed aluminum framing for a clean, finished contemporary feel. He often takes creative liberties with the framing, steam bending the canvas wood frame creating a truly unique, one-of-a-kind wall sculpture.
“Photography, well where do I start?”, says Paul. “It is a passion for sure. Funny thing is I never really felt like I had a creative bone in my body, especially being color blind. I tried painting and it was hard for me with all the colors to use so I purchased my first “big boy” camera which was a Nikon D300 and the rest, as they say, is history.
Paul’s “wow” moment happened when he purchased a macro lens. With his lens almost inside the flower, he opens up a whole new world for us.
Photography is one business that can be challenging as everyone and their dog has a camera these days. So, Paul is always innovating, trying different approaches. “I love it, when, at the art shows, kids look at a photo of mine and say wow how did you do that? I love telling them some tips that even with their phones they can accomplish an incredible photo.
Paul’s passion for photography shows is every piece and offers inspiration for all of us to follow our dreams.
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Learn the Key to Great Landscapes with oil painter Eileen Eder, Wednesday, May 11, 2016 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm in Conference Room B, Second Floor, at Healthtrax, 622 Hebron Avenue, Glastonbury. Eileen is an award-winning artist with an impressive portfolio of landscapes and still life paintings. “My ultimate goal is to develop interesting paintings with a sense of poetry where the viewer will be enticed to enter, linger, and reflect”, says Eder.
In her presentation, Eileen will emphasize the effectiveness of quick thumbnail sketches, reducing her subject down to three values in order to emphasize form and how light plays across the landscape. Eileen remains mindful of the need for a strong abstract composition and interesting subject matter, seeking to inspire viewers with an appreciation for nature’s gifts.
Eileen received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Albertus Magnus College and her Masters degree in Fine Arts from New York Academy of Art. She has taught at the Yale Center for British Art, Sacred Heart University, Gateway Community College, Holderness Academy, Lyme Art Association, and numerous workshops. Eileen is a member of the Salmagundi Art Club, Oil Painters of America, Lyme Art Association, New Haven Paint & Clay Club, Guilford Art Association, Madison Art Society, and The Connecticut Plein Air Painters Society.
Her work has been exhibited extensively throughout New England and New York. She has received numerous awards, and her work has been cited in many publications. Her paintings can be found in public and corporate collections including Eastern Connecticut State University, the Municipal Art Collection of the City of New Haven, Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven, Pfizer, Inc., Sprint Corporation and the U.S. State Department, Washington D.C.
More about Eileen at www.EileenEder.com.