ABOUT STEPHANIE SHANK
Stephanie Shank is an abstract expressionist painter who exhibits with galleries throughout the U.S.A. As a young girl, she watched in fascination as her mother, a painter who studied with Max Beckman and Philip Guston while attending Washington University, expressively applied vivid hues and bold brushstrokes to the canvas. From those closely observed sessions, the intense passion to paint took hold of her.
Born in St. Louis, MO, 1954, she studied painting at Lindenwood College in St. Charles, Missouri and the University of Missouri in Kansas City where she received her B.F.A. in 1976. The following decade, she applied her creative talents practically through commercial art and window display design for department stores. Those years were punctuated with independent studies with influential mentors and workshops. She moved to the Southwest desert in the late 80’s where the stunningly clear light of the Arizona environs illuminated and informed the brilliant hues of her expressionistic paintings. To expand her visceral experiences, she divides her studio and home life between Tucson, Arizona and Portland, Oregon. Working in mixed media, predominately acrylic, oil sticks, and charcoal, her artistic vision expresses the vibrant rhythms of the inner narrative. She is indebted to the Abstract Expressionist action painters, particularly Joan Mitchell, Willem de Kooning, and Franz Kline.