Clarissa Shanahan is a Philadelphia fine and decorative artist. Originally from New York, she studied painting at the New York Academy of Art, The Art Students League of New York, the Isabel O’Neal Studio, and holds a BFA from University of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
Clarissa spent almost twenty years in the film industry as a scenic artist, and has taught such varied subjects as Medieval manuscript illumination, encaustic painting, symbolism of color, and film-related painting classes at PAFA, UArts, the Woodmere Art Museum and Fleisher Art Memorial. She has exhibited her work in shows around the country, and her work is included in numerous private and public collections.
"Most of the paintings that I’ve done are from series’ that explore environments such as churchyards, amusement parks, and asylums. Most do not depict people. I want to keep them in their dream-like, uninhabited state, where there’s a presence that’s lingering, but maybe not seen. That’s the way I experience these images."
Lost, Encaustic + oil on panel
Clarissa used our reclaimed oil paints in her series of Sheep encaustic paintings, on display in our reCreate gallery for the month of May.
"This show is all about texture and tactile surfaces. Plus, looking at sheep makes me happy."
Rebel, Encaustic + oil on panel