Background and career
A Fine Arts Graduate of Brock University, artist Tammy Shane finished the final year of her Bachelor degree at Queen's University. Following graduation, Tammy completed a post-graduate course in Advanced Illustration at Sheridan College where she further explored a variety of different mediums, finally specializing in acrylic on canvas.
Her work and her art
Since childhood, Tammy Shane was captivated by the natural world and it played an essential role in her future years. In 2007, she started to exhibit and sell her work, with many of her paintings showing the dynamic and imagery of everyday rural life. "Over the past few years, I have moved more into realism within my immediate subject matter, accompanied by a more contemporary background. It's a way to get closer to my subject. For me, it always comes back to the skyscapes, cloudscapes and landscapes".
With a strong background in illustration, each piece has its own personality. Breathtaking landscapes with turbulent skies to local wildlife, she successfully interprets these traditional scenes of realism with subtle touches of whimsical interpretation. "By working in the nuances I have an opportunity to re-visit a subject, time or place, and re-live an experience. I am captivated by the natural world and use it as a starting point for many of my pieces. Even now living in suburbia I find myself moving toward and observing rural areas. I appreciate that everyday rural imagery can be dynamic and full of life."
Whether the inspiration comes from a snapshot found in her travels or a birds nest in her own backyard, these visuals are translated onto canvas. "Colour and composition play an essential role in my work; much time is spent experimenting with the intensity and luminosity of the background while paying special attention to how the subject is composed on the canvas. I am always learning, developing, and expanding my knowledge with each piece I create" says Shane.
At La Galerie d'art Au P'tit Bonheur
Since July 2017.