Unable to hold a paintbrush after living nearly 15 years with Multiple Sclerosis, Austin based painter Shana Stern uses her fingers, both on top of the canvas for pieces like “Being Alone Together” which she did entirely with her thumbs… and also under it. Utilizing the movement and flow of fluid acrylics, Shana sits under the canvas, balancing it on her toes and works it from underneath to bring out some of the otherworldly effects you will find in some of her pieces like “Numb”, “Awake My Soul” and “Faust Arp”. Many of her paintings end up being colorful Rorschach’s where creatures and faces “happen” – like the face in “Karma”.
A former dancer, Shana paints each piece to a single piece of music, sometimes listening to the song 100 times, and the energy and emotions from those songs usually end up translated onto the canvas.
Shana grew up surrounded by art – and her father, a collector himself, took her to Paris for the first time at 16 to see the great works. The Modern School of Paris artists made a huge impact on the type of art Shana was drawn to and was a direct influence in her love of utilizing bright, bold colors.